http://www.azconservative.org/Semmens14.htm "The Arizona Conservative", September 30, 2005 JOHN SEMMENS: Semi-News Nagin Defends Use of 'Phantom Police' Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, lashed back at critics after the FBI discovered that up to 700 so-called members of the city police force simply did not exist. Funding for many of these officers was provided by the federal government. "During the storm and aftermath we'd heard reports that hundreds of New Orleans police officers had deserted their post," said an FBI spokesman. "Further investigation indicates that these posts had never been manned and the funds supposedly paid in wages has disappeared." "Sure we overstated the number of officers on the force," said Nagin. "We did this to deter crime." As Nagin explained it, the phantom officers were used as a decoy to frighten would-be offenders. "Just as George Washington lit fake campfires to lull the British troops before his surprise attack at Princeton, we in New Orleans have employed a similar strategy." The effectiveness of Nagin's alleged strategy is in doubt, though. New Orleans has one of the highest crime rates per capita in the nation. Now, I realize this was written by a conservative. But, he admited to these "false officers". This may be another reason the chief of police was "offered" retirement?? Also, why all the deception? Why not just hire extra officers to take care of the crime, since they already were getting the money????????? I think he's nothing but a corrupt politician ( this kind of goes hand in hand though really). I bolded an interresting point, if this was all above board why didn't Negan say something about the hundreds of missing officers and admit they weren't real at that time instead of waiting for it it be found out by the FBI????