Armed Militia Protects its New Orleans Neighborhood
By BOB DART [bobdart@coxnews.com]
Cox News ServiceMonday, September 12, 2005

NEW ORLEANS  -  The Algiers Point militia put its armaments away Friday as Army troops patrolled the historic neighborhood across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter.
But the band of neighbors who survived Hurricane Katrina and then fought off looters has not disarmed.
"Pit Bull Will Attack. We Are Here and Have Gun and Will Shoot," said the sign on Alexandra Boza's front porch. Actually, said the spunky woman behind the sign, "I have two pistols."
"I'm a part of the militia," said Boza. "We were taking the law into our own hands, but I didn't kill anyone."
She did quietly open her front door and fire a warning shot one night when she heard a loud group of young men approaching her house.
About a week later, she said she finally saw a New Orleans policeman on her street and told him she had guns.
"He told me, 'Honey, I don't blame you,' " she said.
For days after the storm, the several dozen people who did not evacuate from Algiers Point said they did not see any police or soldiers but did see gangs of intruders.
So they set up what might be the ultimate neighborhood watch.
At night, the balcony of a beautifully restored Victorian house built in 1871 served as a lookout point. "I had the right flank," said Vinnie Pervel. Sitting in a white rocking chair on the balcony, his neighbor, Gareth Stubbs, protected the left flank.
They were armed with an arsenal gathered from the neighborhood - a shotgun, pistols, a flare gun and a Vietnam-era AK-47. They were backed up by Gregg Harris, who lives in the house with Pervel, and Pervel's 74-year-old mother, Jennie, who lives across Pelican Street from her son and is known in Algiers Point as "Miss P."
Many nights, Miss P. had a .38-caliber pistol in one hand and rosary beads in the other.
"Mom was a trouper," said Pervel.
The threat was real.  On the day after Katrina blew through, Pervel had been carjacked a couple of blocks from his house. A past president of the Algiers Point Association homeowners group, Pervel was going to houses that had been evacuated and turning off the gas to prevent fires.
A guy with a mallet "hit me in the back of the head," said Pervel. "He said, 'We want your keys.' I said, 'here, take them.' "
Inside the white Ford van were a portable generator, tools and other hurricane supplies. A hurt and frustrated Pervel threw pliers at the van as it drove off and broke a back window.
Another afternoon, a gunfight broke out on the streets as armed neighbors and armed intruders exchanged fire in broad daylight. "About 25 rounds were fired," said Harris. Blood was later found on the street from a wounded intruder.
Not far away, Oakwood Center mall was seriously damaged in a fire caused by vandals.
"We were really afraid of fires. These old houses are so close together that if one was set afire, the whole street would all go up," said Harris. "We lived in terror for a week."
Their house is filled with antique furniture, and there's a well-kept garden and patio in back. "We've been restoring this house for 20 years," said Harris.
There are gas lamps on the columned porch that stayed on during the storm and its aftermath. The militia rigged car headlights and a car battery on porches of nearby houses. Then they put empty cans beneath trees that had fallen across both ends of the block.
When someone approached in the darkness, "you could hear the cans rattle. Then we would hit the switch at the battery and light up the street," said Pervel. "We would yell, 'we're going to count three and if you don't identify yourself, we're going to start shooting.' "
They could hear people fleeing and never fired a shot.
During the days, the hurricane holdouts patrolled the streets protecting their houses and the ones of evacuees.
"I was packing," said Robert Johns. "A .22 magnum with hollow points and an 8mm Mauser from World War II with armor-piercing shells."
Despite their efforts, some deserted houses were broken into and looted, said Pervel.
Now the Algiers Point militia has defiantly declared it will not heed any orders for mandatory evacuation. The relatively elevated neighborhood area is across the Mississippi River from the city's worst flooded areas and has running water, gas and phone service.
"They say they're going to drag us kicking and screaming from our houses. For what? To take us to concentration camps where we'll be raped and killed," said Ramona Parker. "This is supposed to be America. We're honest citizens. We're not troublemakers. We pay our taxes."
"It would be cruel for the city to make us evacuate after what we've been through," said Pervel.
The roof was damaged on her house and the rains left "water up to my ankles," said Boza. So she moved into her mother's nearby home.
She said she still has 42 bullets to expend before she could be forcibly evacuated.
"Then I hope the men they send to pull me out are 6 feet 2 inches and really cute," she said. "I'll be struggling and flirting at the same time."
Katrina Outrage
by MG William Flatt

By now you have already been well-informed about the disaster that hit New Orleans earlier this month.  I shouldn't be surprised by the incompetence of the federal government in responding to what by all accounts is the sort of natural disaster that is the easiest to prepare for: hurricanes happen every year, and while not all storms hit shore, they happen often enough that we have lots of experience with them and they move slow enough to make every advance preparation when they threaten to hit somewhere.

While it is a tragedy that so many people were victimized, and that too many people died because they were waiting for rescue, that's not even the half of it!  It is unconscionable that government agencies at all levels told people to "do this, go here, wait and we will help you"; and that people did what they were told to do and lost their lives for it.  Heads should be rolling, but I see already that government officials are circling the wagons as they always do when they screw up.  Scratch that - according to G. Edward Griffin, the federal government response achieved exactly what it intended!

The only bright spot in this disaster is the fact that all Americans have been given a first class lesson in the folly of trusting their lives, property & liberty to a corrupt and hostile federal government!  Isn't it strange that food and water could not be sent in, but somehow police were sent in, not to help but to to confiscate guns?

During this debacle, some units of the Army National Guard - particularly the Oklahoma ANG - were given illegal and unconstitutional orders to go door-to-door and confiscate the legally-owned firearms of law abiding gunowners!  They should have refused these orders!!  The commander even acknowledged on national TV that he was disturbed by these orders; that he thought it was wrong, but he also believed that he was compelled to carry out orders, no matter what.

Apparently this soldier is completely unaware of the awesome power of the 4th Nuremburg Principle, which holds that it is ALWAYS a crime to carry out an order that one knows is illegal, and that it is one's absolute legal and moral obligation to refuse and disobey such orders!  You cannot say you are "just following orders"; German businessmen who supplied poison gas to concentration camps were sentenced to death at Nuremburg.

It is simply unlawful to obey an unlawful order!!  In America, this principle applies to the Constitution, and usually among the several states.

In Indiana, the statutory authority is codified as such:
IC 1-1-2-1:  Laws Governing the State
  The law governing this state is declared to be:
  First. The Constitution of the United States and of this state.
  Second. All statutes of the general assembly of the state in force, and not inconsistent with such constitutions.
  Third. All statutes of the United States in force, and relating to subjects over which congress has power to legislate for the states, and not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States.
  Fourth. The common law of England, and statutes of the British Parliament made in aid thereof prior to the fourth year of the reign of James the First (except the second section of the sixth chapter of forty-third Elizabeth, the eighth chapter of thirteenth Elizabeth, and the ninth chapter of thirty-seventh Henry the Eighth,) and which are of a general nature, not local to that kingdom, and not inconsistent with the first, second and third specifications of this section.    (Formerly: Acts 1852,1RS, c.61, s.1.)

To wit; If you enforce an unconstitutional law, you are breaking the law!  This is reinforced by the Supreme Court in decisions like Marbury v. Madison, which states that "all laws repugnant (contrary) to the Constitution are Null and Void", not merely in construction, but as if they NEVER existed.

Our military commanders apparently have been neglecting their military history, too.  It was the door-to-door confiscation of lawfully-owned firearms by peaceable citizens that started the American Revolution and birthed this nation!  For more about this critical event in American History, click here and here.

I also find it no coincidence that these orders were given before most members of the Louisiana Militia (not the National Guard) could return to their homes.  If this had been done in the midst of patriots unafraid to defend against an illegal action, there could have been real trouble. On an ABC News video segment, one soldier spoke of how it may become necessary to shoot and kill American citizens.

"No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns or other firearms...Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons. We're going to take all the weapons."-P. Edwin Compass III, Supt. of Police






















I also believe this was a blessing in disguise because recent circumstances have left patriots and militiamen in a financial situation that would have hindered an effective response to such a provocative act.  To effect a large-scale arrest of military units engaging in illegal activity would be problematic for a largely unprepared militia...  Unprepared, I say, because of a failure to network effectively with patriots and other militia units from coast to coast.

Just so you don't misunderstand me, let me speak plainly: The federal government (the military in particular) manufactured the Katrina disaster to
commence combat operations on American citizens!
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1077495.php

I hope that those who were involved in this abomination realize that next time, there will be a measured response to any attempt to confiscate our means to resist a totalitarian police state.  While the mainstream (what I call the 'lamestream') may disparage the militia message, we know beyond any doubt that there is indeed a design to reduce us to absolute servitude; and this judgment is not merely our own but the conclusion of many ordinary Americans and many libertarian-thinking organizations that are in no way affiliated with the militia movement at all!

Oh, and before I end, allow me to share this:
http://www.oxfordpress.com/news/content/shared/news/nation/stories/09/10KATRINA_ALGIERS.html

In case the link to this article gets broken, here's the relevant text:
Command Briefs, September 2005
William Flatt, Senior Brigade Commander
Click here for additional news and opinion on the Katrina / flood disaster
and NOLA gun confiscations.

Mike Palmer - Blog  - Observations concerning the Katrina Response

The US Government Did Not Fail Its Mission In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina:
Analysis by G. Edward Griffin