New Orleans resident, Terry Adams, heard "bomb-like explosion"
right before he was forced to his rooftop and it floated away downstream. City
Bus driver, Ryan Washington, adds hundreds more people with the exact same experience
are being ignored by the mainstream media.
Eye witnesses are starting to come forward, some only a block away from the 17th
St Canal levee break, saying they heard a loud, powerful explosion right before
water starting gushing in, as they ended up in a matter of minutes floating downstream
on their rooftops.
Terry Adams, who lives one block away from the 17th St. break, remembers hearing
what sounded "like a bomb going off" from where the levee gave-way
before rushing water forced him to his rooftop.
"Everything was calm, it was late at night and the storm had passed. I
thought we had dodged a bullet and there was no water in my house and I was
only a block away from the 17th St. break," said Adams, a lower 9th Ward
resident, in an extended conversation this week from New Orleans.
"Then I heard what sounded like a bomb go off from the direction of where
the levee gave-way and within a matter of minutes I was forced up on my roof
where I floated for about a mile into town before somehow getting to safety."
Asked if he was sure he heard an explosion, he added: "Water breaking
a levee isn't going to make the noise I heard and besides, the levee should
have broke before or during the storm, not afterward.
"I heard an explosion and so did a lot of other people. It came right
from where the levee broke. What else could it have been but somebody blowing
up the levee?"
The question of how the levee burst in one gigantic place at the 17th St. and
London Ave. drainage canals, estimated by some to be a gaping hole three football
fields long, as well as a number of other locations, has been on the minds of
other local residents from the lower 9th Ward besides Adams, many hearing the
same explosions but being ignored by the mainstream media, putting their accounts
in the realm of conspiracy theorists.
For example, whenever the subject of the levees being intentionally detonated
comes up, most mainstream commentators like ABC's Michel Martin, dismiss even
the slightest possibility of foul play, appeasing Black listeners with comments
such as this:
"Anybody with any knowledge of history can understand why a lot of people
can feel this way, but any real possibility that the levies were intentionally
exploded must be dismissed."
However, according to Ryan Washington, a long time New Orleans bus driver and
former resident of the lower 9th Ward who grew up playing football on top the
levee, said the possibility of government dirty work and foul play isn't so
Now living in nearby Slidell, also hard hit by the hurricane, he has talked
to numerous eye witnesses who say the exact same thing as Adams, insisting the
levee was blown up and didn't give-way by natural means.
Washington also said the media should not concentrate on testimony from experts,
new commentators and government officials, who have biased opinions, buy emphasis
should be placed on interviewed the hundreds if not thousands of people who
heard or saw something the night the levees blew.
"Why don't they talk to the people who were there? Why are they relying
on government experts who have a reason to hide the truth? I personally am gathering
a list of people, a long list, who saw and heard what really happened that night,"
said Washington, in a telephone conversation this week from New Orleans.
He added that government officials have been wanted to get hold of the valuable
lower 9th Ward property ever since 1965 when Hurricane Betsy flooded the area
and the same suspicions of foul play circulated through his neighborhood.
"I even have talked to many reporters on the scene and tell them to get
the story from the horse's mouth and talk to the people," said Washington,
adding it's easier to hear and learn the real truth on a city bus than behind
the veil of city hall and the corrupted television cameras.
"The stories about people hearing and seeing explosions, as well as stories
about bomb residue being found at the scene, never see the light of day or get
in the papers or on television.
"And if they do, these stories are always dismissed as being crazy or
discredited by experts or government officials, who I personally don't believe
According to Washington, several important factors convince him beyond a reasonable
doubt that the levees were blown intentionally to racially cleanse the city,
as well as the first step in a redevelopment plan to put up high rise casinos
and hotels in the lower 9th Ward.
"First, they always say that explosion was a power generator. But the
power was off when the levees blew and the power station they were talking about
was not in the vicinity of where the explosions were heard," said Washington.
"Next, they say the barge in the canal broke the levees. I never once saw
a barge in the canal in all the years I lived there.
"Also, if it did plow through the levee, it never would have made such
a noise or cause an immediate break three football fields long. Further, why
were immediately on the scene to fence of the levees so no one could see what
happened when it too them more than 10 days in some cases to rescue people.
What are they hiding?
"Please someone from the media come down here and get the real story as
I have talked to so many people who feel the same way I do. The government has
been trying to get our land since 1965 and they are still trying today."
Besides numerous residents suspecting foul play, New York filmmaker Spike Lee
in October Lee said on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, that
he believes Louis Farakhan's allegation that a levee was blown up to flood the
nearly all-Black 9th Ward.
Lee added that "a choice had to be made, one neighborhood got to save
another neighborhood and flood another 'hood, flood another neighborhood."
He then engaged in a heated battle of words with neo con shill and MSNBC reporter,
bow tied Tucker Carlson, who dismissed Lee as conspiracy theorist spreading
paranoia and fear.
At this point the short exchange between the two shows Carlson's true colors
as a government propagandist and as far from being a journalist as George W.
Lee: "Presidents have been assassinated. So why is
that so far-fetched? Do you think that election in 2000 was fair? You don't
think that was rigged If they can rig an election, they can do anything!"
Carlson: "I was in New Orleans right after the hurricane
in the ninth ward. And while I didn't hear anybody say the levee was blown
up by the federal government, I did interview a bunch of people who were stuck
there who said they believed this was part of the conspiracy to rid New Orleans
of black people. They honestly believed that. I didn't argue with them, I
just listened to what they said and I felt bad for them. So as you sit here
-- who is someone who is rich and has option -- and are watched by people
who are poor and have no options, it seems to me it's your responsibility,
your obligation to tell them the truth and you know the truth, which is the
federal government did not blow up the levees so don't feed the paranoia and
Lee: "First of all, how's that feeding the paranoia?"
Carlson: "Because you're saying it's entirely possible
when you know perfectly well it's not possible."
Lee: "How's it not possible?"
Although numerous questions remain unanswered about the reason behind the levee
controversy, one question never posed was how could a man like Carlson ever
call himself a fair-minded journalist after comments made on Real Time?
"I know why," said Washington. "These journalists are as corrupt
as the government folks they write about. I'm only a bus driver but I know the
difference between right and wrong and the media is dead wrong by not covering
this story fairly.
One of the biggest controversies still brewing is the preliminary results of
the three main investigatory groups looking at why the levees erupted. The groups,
all tied to government interests, include the National Science Foundation in
conjunction with the American Society of Civil Engineers; the United States
Army Corps of Engineers; and the third group being funded by the State of Louisiana,
led by scientists at the Louisiana State University hurricane center.
Although each investigation is independent of the other, scientists claim to
be sharing data, coming to some surprising preliminary conclusions, one of which
could have enormous consequences.
In a recent article by John M. Barry analyzing the data from the three groups,
he looks at some of the suspicious preliminary questions, raising even more
questions of how could the 17th St. levee break with such a small storm surge
emanating from Lake Pontchartrain not the Gulf of Mexico.
"We know that Hurricane Katrina made landfall with enormous power, devastating
the Gulf Coast, and that the levee on the Industrial Canal in New Orleans was
overtopped by a storm surge coming directly from the Gulf of Mexico. When a
levee is overtopped, there is basically nothing that can be done. Water pouring
over a levee long enough will, in effect, wash part of the levee away. That's
what happened on the Industrial Canal, resulting in the flooding of part of
the Ninth Ward, along with much of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes.
"But most of New Orleans was not flooded by water coming directly from
the Gulf. It was flooded from the north and rear by Lake Pontchartrain, when
levees failed along the 17th Street and London Avenue drainage canals. Initially,
the Corps of Engineers said that the storm was so great that it overtopped these
"But after inspecting the levees and reviewing storm data, all three investigating
teams agree: Hurricane Katrina hit Lake Pontchartrain with far less strength
than it did the Gulf Coast, and the storm surge fell well short of the tops
of the levees. In fact, a design or construction flaw caused them to collapse
in the face of a force they were designed to hold. In other words, if the levies
had performed as they were supposed to, the deaths in New Orleans proper, the
scenes in the Superdome and the city's devastation would never have taken place."