Re: Congressional Hearing into BOMBING of New Orleans Levees
Were the levees bombed in New Orleans?
Ninth Ward residents give voice to a conspiracy theory
Dec. 7: Many African-Americans who live in New Orleans believe the destruction of the city's heavily poor, heavily black Ninth Ward was neither an accident nor an act of nature. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.
WASHINGTON - It's become a strongly held belief by some in the storm zone — the idea that the destruction of New Orleans’ heavily poor, heavily black Ninth Ward was neither an accident nor an act of nature.
Dyan French, also known as “Mama D,” is a New Orleans Citizen and Community Leader. She testified before the House Select Committee on Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday.
“I was on my front porch. I have witnesses that they bombed the walls of the levee, boom, boom!” Mama D said, holding her head. “Mister, I'll never forget it.”
“Certainly appears to me to be an act of genocide and of ethnic cleansing,” Leah Hodges, another New Orleans citizen, told the committee.
Similar statements, sometimes couched as rumors, have also been voiced by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the nation of Islam, and director Spike Lee.
“I don't find it too far-fetched,” Lee said in a recent television interview, “that they try to displace all the black people out of New Orleans.”