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More bad JBT behavior in NOLA?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by kbarrett, Oct 13, 2005.

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  1. kbarrett

    kbarrett Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Southwest WA
    Forwarded email ( and I trust one of the sources):

    From sthomson@spinn.net
    Subject Communique From New Orleans
    Date Thu, October 13, 2005 4:09 pm
    To lneil@lneilsmith.com


    Hello, Neil:

    This has the ring of truth. The device on the ends of the guns was more
    likely a military flash suppressor than a silencer IMHO.


    > I am originally from Louisiana, and I still have alot of friends
    > and family in the New Orleans area. When Katrina hit, one of
    > my dearest friends in the world came to stay here in Louisville
    > with me, until they started letting workers back into the city.
    > Fred is a carpenter by trade, and had a thriving restoration
    > and new construction business already established before
    > the storms. Afterwards, it seemed that things would actually
    > be even better for people like Fred. When he left Louisville
    > last Saturday, he was very excited and hopeful about the future.
    > His company had secured contracts with the city, as well as
    > numerous jobs lined up in private homes. Here in the town
    > that I live in, he was interviewed by a local newspaper, who did
    > a whole article about him. The hype here in the States has been
    > that New Orleans will be rebuilt, bigger and better, and that
    > the citizens would be welcomed back to a much improved New
    > Orleans.
    > I just got the most upsetting call I have just about ever received.
    > Fred told me that he went right to work as soon as he got there.
    > The city is in shambles, and practically ruined. There is so much
    > work to be done. But then he went on to tell me about how the
    > police and the military are handling everything, and that upsets me
    > much more than the devastation of buildings. He said that the
    > "authorities" are patrolling the streets with rifles with silencers on
    > them. Why is the military patrolling with guns that have silencers
    > on them ?
    > They are walking in packs, or driving around in big green Hummers,
    > with guns aimed right at people. You can imagine how it must feel
    > to be working on a roof and suddenly the military drives up to the
    > house you are on top of with huge guns aimed right at you. He
    > told me that he has seen several people being brutally beaten by
    > the police, for no reason. The guy you saw getting beaten on the
    > news recently was mild compared to what is really going on.
    > Every day when he is at work, the cops come by and hassle the
    > workers, making them show their IDs, pushing and shoving and
    > threatening them. This happens several times a day, and it's the
    > same police and/or military. They already know who the workers
    > are, they are just intimidating them...anyone who protests is
    > beaten or arrested or both. He has seen both the cops and the
    > military breaking into homes and robbing them.
    > He said the smell of the city is overwhelming, it's everywhere,
    > and no matter what you do you can't get rid of it or escape it.
    > Curfew is at midnight, and anyone caught on the street afterwards
    > "just disappears".
    > He said that there are very few women in the city and the only
    > ones that are there are prostitutes, and making lots of money. The
    > authorities are the biggest customers. That was told to him by a
    > neighbour lady, who has been taking advantage of that.
    > I have known Fred for 20 years. He's a big, burly carpenter, with
    > big hammer-swinging arms. Not the type to be afraid. I never
    > EVER heard Fred cry before, and hearing it tonight made me very
    > worried. He said that he is scared to death. He doesn't understand
    > how or why the "authorities" are terrorizing the people who are
    > there trying to rebuild the city. The guys that are there, went back
    > to the city with the very best of intentions, to rebuild the place,
    > and it seems that the government, which nightly comes on TV to
    > tell the rest of the United States that New Orleans will soon be
    > restored, seem to be doing everything in their power to make sure
    > that doesn't happen. This may have something to do with the
    > recent stories about the 'Iraq contractors' such as Haliburton
    > being promised the rebuilding contracts and the fact that the
    > citizens of N.O. want it done by their own people.
    > But, that is my own opinion, not fact.
    > Anyway...If you have the ability to tell the rest of the world
    > what is going on, please do.
    > New Orleans is a war zone. Our own government is up to
    > something very bad. We need help, and we are not getting it.
    > Instead, we are being destroyed, along with the only city in
    > America with it's own culture.
    > -- Kindly greeting, GardenStone
  2. kel

    kel Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Forwarded email?

    I have yet to meet one that stands up to intense scrutiny. ;-)
    Which source are you talking about and why do you trust it? The author? A person forwarding it?
  3. Derek Zeanah

    Derek Zeanah System Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    Statesboro, GA
    Reading it, it didn't strike me as authentic. There weren't any tells that suggest that the author believes what he's writing.

    That's my take on it.
  4. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Member

    Jan 18, 2005
    IDPA junkie in DFW, TX
    The sky is falling!
  5. Creeping Incrementalism

    Creeping Incrementalism Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    S.F. Bay Area
    So this guy was born in Louisiana and educated in the U.K. or some other country where they use British spelling?
  6. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    Sorry, folks. This sounds just way, way too phoney. I really don't think this is anything more than a time-waster and a waste of bandwidth.

    If somebody has any sort of first-hand--as in a close personal friend or a relative that's not given to a booze-augmented imagination--start anew.

    :), Art
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