Red Cross seizure of community medical equipment at gun point?
It’s really strange hearing so many people being angry with the Red Cross. I thought these guys were the good guys, right? I’m sure they are good people doing good things and that it was simply a mistake.
At the moment I’m sitting in this very same meeting that Joel just wrote about. The people at this meeting are really trying to setup a medical center for the community. We’re right across the river from the city center, across from people who are afraid to leave, who don’t know what’s going on, who don’t know how poisonous the area has become. These people being a part of the community before Hurricane Katrina are the best people on the ground to run the community after Katrina. I think it’s safe to say that these people are the real deal. They want to add vitamins to the hygiene packets, more things to keep people clean and healthy. They’re in need of multi-vitamins and hopefully they’ll get more soon.
I’m not really surprised that the Red Cross has the ability to use FEMA agents as armed guards. FEMA should guard them. FEMA should guard everyone. The Red Cross is doing important work, they’re saving lives. However, I’m really surprised they’re allowed to hold people at gun point and seize their belongings without any questions. This isn’t the Red Cross I grew up reading about is it? Is this possible? A reporter from Air America plans to follow up with the Red Cross about this. Here is another initial report of the seizure.
The people in New Orleans don’t all trust the Red Cross. Many of the people are afraid to leave, afraid to seek help, sick, wounded and these people are probably the best people to help.
More updates to come on this story as it’s pretty much a halfhearted rumor at best. Currently the guy from Air America is on the phone with this person.
This is some sort of Grim Meathook Future alright.