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Criminally negligent homicide
a.k.a. mass murder in New Orleans

February 7th, 2007

Greg Palast is one of the finest US journalists working today which means, of course, he can't find a job in the US so he writes for UK publications and makes his own films.

Some people believe the levees in New Orleans were blown to clear black neighborhoods for development. The simple truth is far more sinister:

The levees were built like crap, the Army Corps of Engineers knew it and - note carefully - the federal government sat on information they had about the levee collapses for twelve long hours before disclosing it to state and local authorities. Why? Ask Bush's spinmaster Karl Rove.

He closely stage-managed every aspect of the White House response down to and including launching smear campaigns against Louisiana's governor in the days immediately after the levee breaks.

Is it possible that post-levee collapse chaos was actually cultivated deliberately to draw attention away from one basic, undeniable fact, that the destruction of New Orleans was caused not by Katrina, but by the failure of the federal levee system?

Based on what we know about the Bush administration, you tell me.

Excerpts from the Greg Palast film "Big Easy to Big Empty":

Above is a very early analysis of the levee breaks by an "amateur" from New York State using publicly available web data. At the time, the news media claimed total confusion about what had happened.

Her question: "If I can look up this stuff, why can't the news media?"


'Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans'

In this half-hour film, Greg Palast and his team travel to New Orleans to investigate what has happened since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year. On his visit, he discovers that the population of New Orleans is miniscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates are climbing, and many have not, nor know how to, return to the city that care forgot. He examines why residents had to leave, what really caused the flood and why they aren't returning.

Buy the video direct from Greg. Info at the end of the video.

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