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Study: Emergency Responders Unprepared

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posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 08:28 PM
Kudos to Mister Bellatrix for finding this article.

I will say up front that this is very factual, and accurate. Although I am not a first emergency responder, I am involved with HAZMAT, and and have been "volunteered" in times of Orange or higher alert to be a backup for HAZMAT, and can say that most emergency services have about barebones ability with regards to the day to day emergencies that arise in a decent sized city, much less dealing with a mass casualty event with WMDs in multiple locations.

WASHINGTON - Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States remains "dangerously unprepared" to handle another catastrophic attack, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations.

The government says it already has done some of what the council suggested and is working on other recommendations.

The report said the main problem is that emergency responders on the front lines — police, fire, public health and other officials — are drastically underfinanced and lack the equipment or training they need.

The council, a New York-based private world affairs advocacy organization, recommended spending $98 billion beyond the $27 billion it said the federal government planned to spend on first responders over the next five years.

Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said Sunday that the conclusion that an additional $98 billion is needed for first responders is "grossly inflated." He said officials already have implemented or are in the process of putting in effect others of the report's suggestions.

posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 08:54 PM

The council, a New York-based private world affairs advocacy organization, recommended spending $98 billion beyond the $27 billion it said the federal government planned to spend on first responders over the next five years.

Well the CFR is as much illuminati as the bilderbergs. BTW WTF is a "world affairs advocacy organization"? They advocate for WORLDLY AFFAIRS. They are globally-minded, seeing things from a macro level.

And now we have someone (Gordon Johndroe) from the Dept of Homeland Security admitting that this White House Dept is actually following the CFR's advice. But is Johndroe himself connected? What is his history, to be the spokesperson for homeland security?

President Bush is actively involved in "monitoring and assessing" the developments in the Middle East from his ranch in Crawford, Texas where he is spending the Easter weekend, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told reporters at an early morning briefing in Crawford March 29.

Oh, and this one is a classic:

“We're not looking at what the USGS studied,”.
-White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe, March 29

In order to deploy such a system, known as Total Information Awareness, new legislation
would be needed, some of which has been proposed by the Bush administration in the
Homeland Security Act that is now before Congress. That legislation would amend the
Privacy Act of 1974, which was intended to limit what government agencies could do with
private information.

A spokesman for the White House Office of Homeland Security, Gordon Johndroe, said
officials in the office were not familiar with the computer project and he declined to
discuss concerns raised by the project's critics without knowing more about it.

He referred all questions to the Defense Department, where officials said they could not
address civil liberties concerns because they too were not familiar enough with the

"There are no plans, nor have their been any discussions, about elevating the
threat level to Code Red," said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the Department
of Homeland Security.

To trigger such an alert, U.S. intelligence would have to be "very specific,
credible, corroborated [and] provide us with information such as time, date,
location" of a possible attack, Johndroe said.

And FINALLY.... here is our friend Mr. Johndroe admitting that science needs to be restrained for security reasons....

Responding to the statement, Gordon D. Johndroe, a spokesman for the White House Office of Homeland Security, said: "We continue to work with the scientific community to strike the appropriate balance between national security information that must be held close and scientific information that should be available for research purposes."

[Edited on 30-6-2003 by MKULTRA]

posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 11:39 PM

Thanks for that indepth analysis! Very informative!

posted on Jul, 8 2003 @ 01:13 AM
You know, I saw that CFR thing on cspan the other day and as a certified EMT (volunteer) it obviously made me stop flipping channels for a few moments. I found it interesting that CFR is involved in this stuff. However the main point of the situation was true. Emergency workers were, and still are, unprepared for an Mass casualty incident. Worse than most of you think. My personal suggestion coming from someone who was there, and someone who has been on thousands of other calls... try a radio system that won't fizzle out when people panic. Then worry about suggestions from groups with interesting motives. If people listened to the WORKERS who are out in the field daily, these emergency responders would be in much better shape.

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