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Guardsmen ' played cards' amid New Orleans chaos: police official

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A top New Orleans police officer said that National Guard troops sat around playing cards while people died in the stricken city after Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans deputy police commander W.S. Riley launched a bitter attack on the federal response to the disaster though he praised the way the evacuation was eventually handled.

His remarks fuelled controversy over the government's handling of events during five days when New Orleans succumbed to lawlessness after Katrina swamped the city's flood defenses.

The National Guard commander, Lieutenant General Steven Blum, said the reservist force was slow to move troops into New Orleans because it did not anticipate the collapse of the city's police force. JUST GOT BACK FROM FALLUJAH? THIS AIN'T NO PICNIC FOR THESE GUYS EITHER...THEY ARE STRESSED TO THE MAX -- FRESH FROM THE KILL ZONE SOME OF THEM. THEIR MISSION IS NOT SO IMPORTANT -- IT COULD BE SUSPENDED FOR A PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO-OP. THESE PEOPLE AREN'T FIGHTING A WAR IN IRAQ, THEY ARE DEFENDING AN AMERICAN OCCUPATION TO STEAL IRAQ'S RESOURCES. IT'S THEIR JOB. IF THEY DON'T DO IT, THEY GO TO MILITARY PRISON.
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Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.

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