Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – September 12, 2005

New Orleans Activist Points to Neglected Corpse as U.S. Military Passes Off Blame
Democracy Now! reports from the streets of New Orleans. We speak with community
organizer Malik Rahim who points out a dead body in his neighborhood that
has been neglected since hurricane Katrina hit and we ask soldiers and police
it hasn’t been picked up.

New Orleans Resident Discusses Race and Looting at Circle K
Orleans resident Mike Howell is a "holdout" – one of those refusing
to leave his home – in the French Quarter. He discusses the looting of a
local grocery store saying, "this could happen in Santa Monica, California,
it could happen on Long Island, New York, it could happen in Palm Beach,
Florida…if people felt they were going to run out of food and water."

New Orleans "Holdout" Compares U.S. Military Evacuating Residents
to Nazi Germany
A New Orleans resident discusses why she is refusing
to leave her home in the French Quarter and describes how soldiers approached
her house and asked
her to leave: "It was kind of like being in Nazi Germany, [the U.S. military]
came with guns and told us we had to leave our home. Very, very nasty, and
said they would come back the next day and drag us out of our homes."

New Orleans Resident Outlines the Seven Betrayals by Government and Rescue
New Orleans resident Mike Howell discusses how the federal and state government,
relief organizations and aid agencies betrayed the people of his city in
the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Evacuee Compares Louisiana Shelter to Jail
We go to Gonzales – between
Baton Rouge and New Orleans – where a shelter has been set up for evacuees. One
New Orleans evacuee compares the shelter
to jail and says, "It ain’t our fault that the hurricane came and we had
to come here. Like we had to end up in a place that we got to be told what
to do."

Overkill: Feared Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans
In addition to the thousands of military troops patrolling the streets of
New Orleans, there are also scores of private soldiers that are now spreading
out across the city, like those from the Blackwater Security firm. Democracy
Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reports.

NY Firefighter in New Orleans : "This Is Much Worse, This Dwarfs

the eyes of the nation remain focused on these devastated Gulf States, people
across the country marked the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In Baton Rouge, some 300 New York Police and Firefighters held a commemoration
ceremony. We speak with one firefighter about hurricane Katrina and 9/11.

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