and because it was printed in the NYT's and reported on NPR it has to be the truth.
but I will wait until facts are known
When the New York Times and NPR reported that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, ran rape rooms, and aided and abetted Osama Bin Laden -- I don't recall you raising any question about the credibility of those reports Tim.
Of course, as a Prosecutor, you know that substantiating a claim of rape is difficult under ideal conditions. When infrastructure is gone and there are no doctors, hospitals, or rape crisis centers to gather evidence it is obvious there will never be any evidence to substantiate your facts. But, we know for fact, that rape is the most under-reported crime to begin with and that the FBI says that only about 2-5% of the reported rapes are false reports.
Certainly counselor, you would stipulate as much.
So, let's try to imagine, in a city where there is chaos and people are looting freely out in the open on the streets and witnesses reported stabbed and shot bodies -- is it possible that gangs of armed thugs attacked people in the Convention Center and took their money and jewelry? Is it even conceivable that during normal times in a city with one of the highest per-capita murder rates, where you can walk down heavily traveled Canal Street or Bourbon Street, burgeoning with pedestrians all around, that someone will walk up to you with a handgun and take your wallet, is it conceivable counselor that when the power is out, the lights are off and the average citizen is a sitting duck that armed thugs would take their money and jewelry? Is it conceivable that armed thugs, in said city with one of the highest crime rates in the country, would in fact, drag women off and rape them?
It is. But, we don't believe women when they say they've been raped anyway. We tell them they shouldn't have worn their dress so short. They shouldn't have been in the place they were in.
Like the young lady in New Orleans I knew who was, driving home one night after partying with friends. It was late. She shouldn't have been out at that time of the morning. But, she was. And there was a stop light. A red Mustang pulled up beside her at the light. A man got out of it and pushed in her window and pulled her out. He threw her in the Mustang that was occupied by a driver and 2 other men. He took her car. They drove her into an alley and gang raped her, broke her jaw completely in two places, pistol-whipped her on the head leaving her brain exposed. And, they left her pregnant as well. They took her car, and left her for dead.
She shouldn't have been out at that hour. And, she shouldn't have been raped. Just like the people in the Convention Center, who were either too poor to just gas up the SUV with the Visa card or the tourists from the Hotels who's flights were canceled and couldn't get rental cars because there were none -- they shouldn't have been there. They shouldn't have been raped and robbed. The officers who were so overwhelmed by the loss of control of the city shouldn't have taken their own lives. None of it should have happened.
But, it did.
If, a facile attempt, at raising doubt helps you sleep at night -- go ahead.
Fact is, the Feds did just about everything they could without breaking Federal and State law.
Really? They sent in the 82nd Airborne? They sent in the Battan that rode in right behind the storm? Factually Cat, that statement is about as incorrect as it can be.