From the American Red Cross website:
Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?
- Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
- The state Homeland Security Department had requested–and continues to request–that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
You mean to tell me that the feds are withholding humanitarian aid in the hopes of smoking out the refugees? You mean like the thousands of sick and elderly who were physically unable to evacuate… or the tens of thousands of urban poor who lacked the cars or financial resources to do so? You mean like the untold multitude — men, women and children — starving and dying at the Convention Center, crying to the media for help for five days before a relief convoy finally arrived?
Is our government out of its fucking mind?
No wonder the Bush administration seems so taken aback by the sudden wave of criticism over federal relief efforts… they’re going exactly according to plan! It’s not that we couldn’t deliver aid to the victims of this catastrophe, it’s that we didn’t!
Teach a man to fish, and all that, I guess.