I think I'm going to puke!

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  1. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    http://www.abcnews.go.com/US/HurricaneKatrina/story?id=1123495&page=1



    Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home
    Two Heavy Trucks, Helicopter Were Involved in Lawmaker's Trip at Height of
    Crisis
    By JAKE TAPPER
    Sep. 14, 2005 - Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after
    Hurricane Katrina struck, a congressman used National Guard troops to check on
    his property and rescue his personal belongings -- even while New Orleans
    residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops, ABC News has learned.

    On Sept. 2 -- five days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast -- Rep. William
    Jefferson, D-La., who represents New Orleans and is a senior member o f the
    powerful Ways and Means Committee, was allowed through the military blockades
    set up around the city to reach the Superdome, where thousands of evacuees had
    been taken.

    Military sources tells ABC News that Jefferson, an eight-term Democratic
    congressman, asked the National Guard that night to take him on a tour of the
    flooded portions of his congressional district. A five-ton military truck and a
    half dozen military police were dispatched.

    Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News that
    during the tour, Jefferson asked that the truck take him to his home on Marengo
    Street, in the affluent uptown neighborhood in his congressional district.
    According to Schneider, this was not part of Jefferson's initial request.

    Jefferson defended the expedition, saying he set out to see how residents were
    coping at the Superdome and in his neighborhood. He also insisted that he did
    not ask t he National Guard to transport him.

    "I did not seek ! the use of military assets to help me get around my city,"
    Jefferson told ABC News. "There was shooting going on. There was sniping going
    on. They thought I should be escorted by some military guards, both to the
    convention center, the Superdome and uptown."

    The water reached to the third step of Jefferson's house, a military source
    familiar with the incident told ABC News, and the vehicle pulled up onto
    Jefferson's front lawn so he wouldn't have to walk in the water. Jefferson went
    into the house alone, the source says, while the soldiers waited on the porch
    for about an hour.

    Finally, according to the source, Jefferson emerged with a laptop computer,
    three suitcases, and a box about the size of a small refrigerator, which the
    enlisted men loaded up into the truck.

    "I don't think there is any explanation for an elected official using resources
    for their own personal use, when those resources should be doing search and < BR>rescue, or they should be helping with law enforcement in the city," said Jerry
    Hauer, a homeland security expert and ABC News consultant.

    Jefferson said the trip was entirely appropriate. It took only a few minutes to
    retrieve his belongings, he said, and the truck stayed at his house for an hour
    in part to assist neighbors.

    "This wasn't about me going to my house. It was about me going to my district,"
    he said.


    Two Heavy Trucks and Helicopter Involved
    The Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News the truck became stuck as it waited
    for Jefferson to retrieve his belongings.

    Two weeks later, the vehicle's tire tracks were still visible on the lawn.

    The soldiers signaled to helicopters in the air for aid. Military sources say a
    Coast Guard helicopter pilot saw the signal and flew to Jefferson's home. The
    chopper was already carrying four rescued New Orleans residents at the time.

    A rescue div er descended from the helicopter, but the congressman decide! d
    ag ainst going up in the helicopter, sources say. The pilot sent the diver down
    again, but Jefferson again declined to go up the helicopter.

    After spending approximately 45 minutes with Jefferson, the helicopter went on
    to rescue three additional New Orleans residents before it ran low on fuel and
    was forced to end its mission.

    "Forty-five minutes can be an eternity to somebody that is drowning, to somebody
    that is sitting in a roof, and it needs to be used its primary purpose during an
    emergency," said Hauer.

    Coast Guard Cmdr. Brendan McPherson told ABC News, "We did have an aircraft that
    responded to a signal of distress where the congressman was located. The
    congressman did decline rescue at the time so the helicopter picked up three
    other people.

    "I can't comment on why the congressman decided not to go in the aircraft,"
    McPherson said. "Did it take a little more time to send the rescue swimmer back
    a se cond time? Yes . You'd have to ask the congressman if it was a waste of time
    or not."

    The Louisiana National Guard then sent a second five-ton truck to rescue the
    first truck, and Jefferson and his personal items were returned to the
    Superdome.

    Schneider said he could not comment on whether the excursion was appropriate.
    "We're in no position to comment on an order given to a soldier. You're not
    going to get a statement from the Louisiana National Guard saying whether it was
    right or wrong. That was the mission we were assigned."

    Jefferson insisted the expedition did not distract from rescue efforts.

    "They actually picked up a lot of people while we were there," he said. "The
    young soldier said, 'It's a good thing we came up here because a lot of people
    would not have been rescued had we not been in the neighborhood.'"


    Jefferson's Homes Searched in Unrelated Investigation
    In an unrelated matter, authorities recently searched Jefferson's property as
    pa! rt of a federal investigation into the finances of a high-tech firm. Last
    month FBI officials raided Jefferson's house as well as his home in Washington,
    D.C., his car and his accountant's house.

    Jefferson has not commented on that matter, except to say he is cooperating with
    the investigation. But he has emerged as a major voice in the post-Katrina
    political debate.

    "The levee system that had protected New Orleans for hundreds of years had
    failed," he said on the House floor on Sept. 7. "Our city was inundated, 80
    percent of it, with deadly water. Thousands of lives were lost, many drowned,
    trapped in their homes. Others were lost trying to escape the fury."

    Last week, Jefferson set up a special trust fund for contributions to his legal
    defense in light of the FBI investigation. A senior federal law enforcement
    source tells ABC News that investigators are interested in learning if Jefferson
    moved any materials relevant to the investigation. Jefferson says he did not.

    ABC News' Sarah H. Rosenberg, Chris Isham and Ted Gerstein contributed to this
    report.

    Copyright © 2005 ABC News Internet Ventures
  2. Deputy Dawg

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    I saw the same thing on Fox news, I think I smell a RAT.
  3. glocknut

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    Those democrats just never cease to amaze me... :(

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  4. mpdc3870

    mpdc3870 New Member

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    Unfortunately,it doesn't come as any surprise.
  5. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Unfortunately, IPT, we need to consider the source. Tigers, Leopards and Democrap/global, socialist/communist/liberal/yellowdogs don't care and don't know any better!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

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    What I find funny is the admission of guilt by the Governer, but they failed to mention why she took blame. She took blame only because she was caught on tape stating she should have ask for help sooner because it was much bigger than she thought. So don`t think she did the admission for anything else but damage control........no tape, no admission.



    LTS
  7. GotGlock

    GotGlock New Member

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    Democrats and republicans are all the same, they are both corrupt, the whole goverment is, this administration, the one before it, the one after it, no matter what, will be bought by big business. We pay the president 250k a year, and he makes billions on contracts with saudi arabia.
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