Monday, September 12, 2005

NOLA Victims - The Dead Still Lay In The Street ... It Takes Time To Privatize and Cover Your Ass

Bodies have been lying in the streets and water for nearly two weeks now and there's no excuse for it. Sure there were still survivors that need to be picked off of roof tops and out of their homes, but that doesn't mean that you can't collect the dead at the same time. So why has it taken so long for the operations to begin removing the dead? Well one reason is so that it could be outsourcing to private companies, or at least one private company with links to Bush and Halliburton.

Kenyon International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houston-based Service Corporation International (SCI), has been contracted out by the Department of Homeland Security to oversee this operation. For those unfamiliar with the company, they were the ones who got in trouble in Florida for recycling graves by dumping the bodies in the woods and using the plots over again. has a great article detailing this as well as the associations between them and the current administration. It's also interesting to note that S. Malcolm Gillis, who serves on the board of SCI, also serves on the board of Halliburton.

Rigorous Intuition also has a great post regarding this issue and just how Kenyon International/SCI could keep the body count low by hiding or cremating the bodies, thus keeping the numbers off the books.

Also check out The Raw Story article - FEMA, La. outsource Katrina body count to firm implicated in body-dumping scandals