Hurricane George: How the White House Drowned New Orleans by Greg Palast

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by Greg Palast
August 23, 2007

It’s been two years. And America’s media is about to have another tear-gasm over New Orleans. Maybe Anderson Cooper will weep again. The big networks will float into the moldering corpse of the city and give you uplifting stories about rebuilding and hope.Now, let’s cut through the cry-baby crap. Here’s what happened two years ago – and what’s happening now.

This is what an inside source told me. And it makes me sick:

“By midnight on Monday, the White House knew. Monday night I was at the state Emergency Operations Center and nobody was aware that the levees had breeched. Nobody.”

The charge is devastating: That, on August 29, 2005, the White House withheld from the state police the information that New Orleans was about to flood. From almost any other source, I would not have believed it. But this was not just any source. The whistle-blower is Dr. Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, the chief technician advising the state on saving lives during Katrina.

I’d come to van Heerden about another matter, but in our talks, it was clear he had something he wanted to say, and it was a big one. He charged that the White House, FEMA and the Army Corp hid, for critical hours, their discovery that the levees surrounding New Orleans were cracking, about to burst and drown the city.


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4 thoughts on “Hurricane George: How the White House Drowned New Orleans by Greg Palast

  1. The Neocons put GW Bush in the White House. They own him lock , stock and barrel.

    The Neocons just want to be pro-business . The Bush lovers will be happy to tell you how trickle down economics works.

  2. I thought nothing Shrub and His Thugs did could shock me any longer. This does. It isn’t the worst thing they’ve done, but it’s an unthinkable thing.

  3. David Lauriski and Richard Stickley are the type of men that miners need the government to protect them from. The man Clinton put in charge of mine safety was one of Ralph Nader’s protege’s

    Has anyone noticed the increase of mine accidents since GW Bush is president?

  4. Back in 2002 when Al Gore was saying that the Iraq invasion would also be a mistake Gore also deplored the foxes GW Bush was putting in charge of watching the hen houses.

    Now “You’re doing a heck of a job” Brownie was just an inept political hack that was put in charge of FEMA, he probably meant well. Some of Bush’s other appointees did not mean well.

    Bush appointees David and Richard Stickley

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