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Sandy: Katrina Redux?


Sandy shaping up to be Katrina redux.

by Stephen Lendman

On August 29, 2005, New Orleans was woefully unprotected. It wasn't accidental. It was planned.

In early 2001, FEMA predicted the three most likely US disasters. They included a terrorist attack on New York, a major San Francisco earthquake, and a hurricane and flood in New Orleans.

Shaped like a bowl below sea level, unprotected areas didn't have a chance. Predatory capitalism took full advantage. Vulnerable poor Black communities suffered most.

Levees were deliberately left weak. They were no match for hurricane strength winds. They reached landfall as a Category 3. Then Congressman Richard Baker said, "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it but God did."

At the time, Common Ground Relief (CGR) co-founder Malik Rahim said:

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