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According to the wire service, Katrina raged for five hours before Brown petitioned Chertoff with his first request for aid: 1,000 Homeland Security workers who'd be dispatched to the region two days later to lend their support to localized rescue efforts and "convey a positive image of disaster operations to government officials, community organizations and the general public." He also suggested that an additional 2,000 personnel be sent over the course of the following week.
Before his request to Chertoff, Brown discouraged local fire and rescue operations outside of the affected states — Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi — from sending trucks and emergency workers into the disaster zone unless a specific request for help was issued by state or local governments, The Associated Press reports.
The news about the utter cluelessness of the leadership of the Federal Emergency Management Agency just keeps getting worse.
It seems ludicrous, yet typical, that Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire pulled out all the stops to ready facilities for evacuees and then were told by FEMA the plan had been put on hold. It brings to mind that old Massachusetts expression: This gang couldn't organize a two-car funeral.
Let's see, people are dying of thirst on a highway and Brown is mostly worried about sending in an army of pencil pushers to help them fill out forms.
It's not just what Brown did do – however belatedly – it's what he didn't do. And there too the case against him grows.