July 26th, 2006

FEMA Tramples the Constitution

If you ever receive FEMA aid, plan to rescind several key liberties granted by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

From World Net Daily:

Federal officials are preventing Hurricane Katrina victims in government trailer parks from being interviewed by the media unless a FEMA agent is present at all times.

Many victims of Hurricane Katrina still reside in FEMA trailer parks like this one, but are being precluded from talking with the media unless federal officials are present.

The journalists were invited to a trailer by resident Dekotha Devall and her family. But during the interview, the news team was ordered by a security guard to leave.

When the reporter tried giving a business card to Devall, the security guard called police, saying such an act was forbidden.

The guard also told another resident, Pansy Ardeneaux, she was not permitted to speak to reporters through a chain-link fence at the park and ordered her back to her trailer.

Upon learning of the incident, FEMA officials said media had to be escorted at all times by members of the agency.

“If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview,” FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Rodi told the Advocate. “That’s just policy.”

FEMA says it’s not allowing media easy access to its trailer parks in order to “protect the privacy” of those dwelling there.

FEMA’s position on hampering the free speech of its aid recipients indicates their complete disregard for this nation’s founding documents. Obviously, they have something to hide, otherwise this outrageous policy would not be necessary.

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