AP: Army Contractors shot by police

Not Surprisingly, this story has changed to reflect that police didn’t shoot army contractors, but apparently shot “lunatics” that were shooting at the Army. This all as police are there with “shoot and kill” orders for ANYONE with a gun. Interesting.

AP: Contractors shot by police

Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge Sunday, killing five or six, The Associated Press reported.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers told AP that the people shot were some of its contractors on their way to repair a canal. The contractors were walking across a bridge on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Corps.

Earlier Sunday, New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley told the AP that police shot at eight people, killing five or six. The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

Why Does the Government Lie to Us? – an open thread

We have seen from a distance how the broken promises the Government made to the people of Iraq has led to disaster at home and abroad. Now, we’ve seen a complete breakdown in democracy at our doorstep as the President has stared right into the camera and lied to the public and to the desperate and dying. “The Convention Center has been secured,” he said the other day, which apparently meant that FEMA had finally begun to assist those who were unknowingly (to them) trapped and dying there.

Welcome to those of you who have discovered this new blog. With your help, we can use this thread to digest recent events, lies and distortions, and how the media has acted to broadcast and proliferate these lies.

How can the powerful media and bureaucracy help to restore democracy to our vulnerable citizenry?