Tuesday, November 22, 2005

6,644 Katrina people missing

All of the earliest statements in press reports were later reversed. Now, many of those early statements are being confirmed.

Stories of rape in the Superdome were later officially renounced. Then, actual personal accounts started coming out.

Nagin was characterized as being a little too exaggerated when he said there might be as many as 10,000 casualties. Now comes out in the USA Today a report that 6,644 people are missing. True, many of those people probably don't know that someone is looking for them. Nevertheless, a significant number of them will never re-appear. The Orleans parish coroner, Frank Minyard, speculated a couple of days ago that many victims may simply have been washed out to the Gulf of Mexico.

(Tip: 2Millionth Web Log)


At 11/23/2005 07:04:00 AM, Anonymous humidhaney said...

It has been circulating for a while now, but the rumor is that Black Ops were brought in to eliminate the "hot spots" around town after the storm. Emergency workers were warned of this area and that where gangs had holed themselves up and were carving up the city.

Then all the "hot spots" were gone.

Rumor is they were "taken out" by the black ops.

Some say that is against the law and a dangerous abuse of power. Some say it helped make the streets safer.

I keep my opinion to myself.

At 11/23/2005 09:56:00 AM, Blogger Michael said...

I read about the Black Ops--I think both here and at your own site, HH.

That one's a tough call for me...I've been mugged twice, and don't have much sympathy for criminals. On the other hand, rule of law keeps is preferable to all against all--what was Hobbes' line? Nasty, brutish, and short.

At 11/23/2005 04:47:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...



Personally, in that first week when there were reports of rescue personnel being shot at (which I later confirmed with a Louisiana National Guard soldier who said that he was shot at), my visceral reaction was, hey, it's martial law. Anyone not waving a white flag to get rescued couldn't be up to any good. Use a megaphone to issue an order to stop and raise their arms. If they don't, they become potential targets. And if they're looters carrying anything but food, shoot first and ask questions later. There can be no tolerance for the breakdown of civil order in the middle of a national disaster (ahem, and that includes FEMA).

I'm just saying that was my first reaction. It's definitely a dicey issue, but if you were leading a security force, you'd have to make a decision.

At 11/26/2005 07:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me??? Black-ops?

Tell me- EXACTLY which branch of goverment is compitent enought to pull this off?

If there is one lesson of Katrina it was that goverment at all levels is incompitent.

We coudln't pull that off if we wanted to.

Geeze, this blog just went down 20 point on my respectometer.

(sorry in-line spell check broken and I'm ranting - a bad combo.)

In case you loony tunes missed the news, there is a FAR easier explaination. Thousands of people registered to find loved ones then when they caught up to them, none of them went back and updated the missing person list... They just got their loved one and went on thier way.

90% of the "missing" people were found months ago.

Black-ops... What idiots.

At 11/27/2005 12:13:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Anonymous. Little known to anyone who reads this blog, I work in the law enforcement sector, as a non-certified tech.

I'm no conspiracy freak. I'm just repeating what I've heard. That may be hearsay, but I'm getting information first hand.

Among the street officers I come into contact with, they've reported that at the very least, helicopters had spotters and snipers to take out shooters.

Everyone I've talked to confirms that there were shooters, and where there were shooters, tactical units spotting muzzle flare went after the shooters.

I know it's far-fetched -- but you only have to have been in this city in the middle of the pitch-black night with gunshots everywhere to appreciate what a living hell it really was.

Black ops an urban legend? Possibly. But I think there may be something to the story. I personally saw two Blackwater guys (badges on uniforms gave them away). What they were doing? I didn't ask them if they were hunting down shooters. If I did, I can guess the answer I would have received.


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