What a wonderful representative for the city of New Orleans former Mayor Ray Nagin turned out to be, huh? Not only did he botch the city’s response before, during, and after Hurrican Katrina about as badly as it could have been botched, but he’s also one heck of a conspiracy theorist.
The former mayor of New Orleans has revealed how he became so paranoid after Hurricane Katrina he was convinced the government was trying to poison him.
Ray Nagin also tells the bizarre story of how heavily-armed men in combat suits allegedly stormed his command centre and attempted to plant bugs, as he led the response to the 2005 disaster.
He makes the revelations in a self-published memoir, Katrina’s Secrets: Storms After the Storm.
He said it first started after his infamous rant on September 1, in which he attacked two U.S. Senators who allegedly boasted ‘about how well things were going’, even though evacuees were still living in terrible conditions.
He wrote: ‘I thought to myself, ‘I’m a dead man! I have just publicly denounced the governor, U.S. Senators, FEMA and the president of the United States.
‘I started wondering if during the night I would be visited by specially trained CIA agents. Could they secretly shoot me with a miniature, slow-acting poison dart?’
His paranoia reached new heights the Monday after the hurricane, when he visited the USS Iwo Jima, an assault ship which served as the base for the federal rescue operation.
When he arrived, he was taken to the infirmary, where two doctors ‘had orders to examine me and give me shots.’
He wrote: ‘I was still a little paranoid and again started imagining a secret CIA plot where in six months I would be gone,.
‘After thinking for a minute, I said to them, “Okay, you can give me shots, but I want you to do the same for my two security guys”.
‘My thinking was it would have been easier to spin that stress ultimately took me out, but it would be much harder to explain all three of us suddenly dying mysteriously.’