As thousands wait to be rescued, Lousiana's Democratic governor issued a "shoot to kill" order Thursday evening in an effort to stem mounting lawlessness in the hurricane-ravaged state, RAW STORY can report.
300 Arkansas National Guard troops landed in New Orleans -- a city literally raped by water and disorder sown by the failure of U.S. relief forces to assist survivors -- Thursday evening, with the authorization to shoot and kill what Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco described as "hoodlums."
"Three hundred of the Arkansas National Guard have landed in the city of New Orleans," said Blanco in articles running by Agence France-Presse.
"These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets," Blanco said.
"They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.
"These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will," Blanco added.
Correction: Katherine Blanco is a Democrat. The first edition of this article said she was a Republican.
Originally published on Thursday September 1, 2005.