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N.O.: No Photos of Dead 'Cockroaches' Allowed

excerpts from a report by Kurt Nimmo. September 13, 2005

In New Orleans, the Pentagon is in control, and the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution no longer exist. “The 82nd Airborne soldier told reporters the Army had a policy that requires media to be 300 meters—more than three football fields in length—away from the scene of body recoveries in New Orleans,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “If reporters wrote stories or took pictures of body recoveries, they would be reported and face consequences, he said, including a loss of access.” No doubt journalists are relieved—in Iraq, when the media ventures too close to “certain military operations,” they are often shot dead.

In the new New Orleans, an American city now sharing ominous parallels to Baghdad, the “insurgents,” that is to say residents who refuse to leave their homes—likely understanding that if they do so their homes will be bulldozed—are now considered on par with common household pests. “The cockroaches come out at night,” Dean Nugent, of the Louisiana State Coroner’s Department, said of the residents who have defied military orders to “evacuate,” or surrender their homes, possessions, and pets to the government (no word on what will happen to the possessions, but pets are systematically exterminated).

“This is one of the worst places in the country. You should not be here. Especially you,” he told a female reporter, insinuating that the remaining residents are not only insects but also rapists and possibly murderers. Cecilia M. Vega of the Chronicle adds: “Nugent, who is white, acknowledged he wasn’t personally familiar with the poor, black neighborhood, saying he only knew of it by reputation.”

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