Friday, September 02, 2005

Front Lines New Orleans

Bush is currently airborne, on Marine One, meanwhile there is reason to believe that the situation in New Orleans has grown worse, not better. From the boots on the ground:

The City is ON FIRE
Teams Alpha and Bravo finished the medium range recon and there are 3 separate locations on fire. We have pictures coming shortly.

During the recon, I spoke to some Federal Marshalls and NOPD. Morale is LOW. Very low. They're not seeing the military presence they say they were promised. I told those guys they can't possibly imagine how much we (the world) appreciate their dedication. I asked what civil rights the citizens have and the US Marshalls looked at me like I just fell off the turnip truck and chuckled. I asked if citizens can have guns for protection and he said if someone thinks he needs a gun, he should have already evacuated. He also said they are setting the city on fire.

The NOPD wants to know where "the two active duty brigades" were that he says they were told were supposed to arrive today. When I asked him what he would want to tell the world, he said Everyone keeps talking about the military presence in the city, and then asked me," Do you see any military around here" in dusgust.

We reconned our roof also, to get a better view of the city and took... I hesitate to call them "amazing" pictures. My city... it has been punched in the face and is on the canvas being counted out.

And yes, that's smoke you see out of the windows. The city is under a haze from the fires. Smoke and ash are floating miles away from the fires.


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2 Comments:

Blogger zen said...

This type of reporting is amazing. New technologies bring new voices and perspectives.
It's also this type of 'embedded' (for lack of a better word) that has brought the realities of this situation to the homes of people across the world. Sadly it shows that our government does not have a grasp on what is going on. It is exposing the truth in the midst of spin. This is what we need to use to hold politicians' feet to the fire.

4:35 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Zen, I couldn't agree more.

6:22 PM  

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