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  1. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    Nagin Defends Use of 'Phantom Police'



    September 30, 2005



    Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, lashed back at critics after the FBI discovered that up to 700 so-called members of the city police force simply did not exist. Funding for many of these officers was provided by the federal government.

    "During the storm and aftermath we'd heard reports that hundreds of New Orleans police officers had deserted their post," said an FBI spokesman."

    Further investigation indicates that these posts had never been manned and the funds supposedly paid in wages has disappeared." "Sure, we overstated the number of officers on the force,"said Nagin. "We did this to deter crime."

    As Nagin explained it, the "phantom officers" were used as a decoy to "frighten" would-be offenders. "Just as George Washington lit fake campfires to lull the British troops before his surprise attack at Princeton, we in New Orleans have employed a similar strategy."

    The effectiveness of Nagin's alleged strategy is in doubt, though. New Orleans has one of the highest crime rates per capita in the nation.

    As for what happened to the funds that were supposed to have paid police salaries, Nagin asserted that they were used to hire consultants and purchase computer software needed to sustain New Orleans' "Virtual Police Force." "The software had to be custom made," said Nagin. "It's not something you can buy at CompUSA. Software designers don't come cheap. Neither do the public relations experts who developed our media campaign."

    The media campaign featured TV spots of various street people implying that they could be undercover cops. In one ad, an apparently toothless derelict looks into the camera and says, "I be watchin' you. So don't you go misbehavin'."

    Unimpressed by Nagin's explanation, the FBI asserted it will continue its investigation
     

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  2. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    What an idiot.

    I'd imagine a good part of that money ended up in his pocket.
     
  3. Tenchiro

    Tenchiro Attention K Mart Shoppers

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    Man, what a piece of work...
     
  4. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Virtual software to manage the virtual police. I smell Haliburton :evil:

    Here's a question... why not just hire the 700 cops?
     
  5. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Can you find 700 honest people in NO?
     
  6. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    that's a nice tale, but please provide a link to a real news agency carrying this story. i think it's something that some random blogger made up.
     
  7. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    I call BS on this story.
     
  8. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel There is no Justice!

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    This smells like bad food....the longer it sits..the worst it tastes....

    I've seen Nagin in multiple interviews and he doesn't strike me as the type to embezzle funds like that .....but maybe I'm pie-in-the-sky-high....To me, he seems to be very well spoken about what has happened and what he is doing about all the sh*t that's gone down.....I'll tell you this, I'm glad it's not me...I prolly would've shot myself by now... :nuts:
     
  9. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    someone emailed it to me.. Im trying to find out where it came from
     
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    :stupid: speechless really.
     
  11. Slugman

    Slugman Frankenbike

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    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    Slugman Frankenbike

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    My point exactly... why would you list such a story as "humor" unless it's a joke. :D
     
  14. Ascentrek

    Ascentrek Monkey

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    The New Orleans Police force is a joke. When the police cheif or mayor opens their mouth's, its darn humorous.
     
  15. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    yeah.. i think it is all a joke..although its a damn good one
    i have to say im still not 100% sure its a joke.. but I would think it would be on some sort of news alrady considered its dated sept 30th
     
  16. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    The time I spent with them and the stories I heard when I was down there leads me to think it is highly possible though.

    The police force was a joke. I was told by a local of police pulling drive by shootings 2 days before the storm hit. Then there were bodies discovered on patrol that had gunshot wounds that were reported by the police as "drownings" (if it was homicide, it would require paperwork, and who wants to do paperwork).

    It still concerns me of the police leaving post though.
     
  17. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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  18. ZoRo

    ZoRo Turbo Monkey

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    Capitalism of disasters; see how it reacts to Katrina and directly funds Hallyburton for the reconstruction contracts. See how it invents police officers to get the fundings. See how utilises a natural disaster to boost their sefl-fulfilling prophecy. See how america in sinking deeper in the abyss neoliberalism...
     
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    blt2ride Turbo Monkey

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    It sounds like it may be BS. On the other hand, if there is any town where this could happen, it would be in New Orleans.
     
  20. beestiboy

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    Gramps always said, "There is a little bit of truth in every lie." I agree if could happen NO would be the place