Originally posted by HIFIGUY
I can assure you that community of New Orleans has room in their cars and SUVs to pick up the poor.
If you work for the state or the Government, you are a public servant, whether your filing documents, or a fireman, or a policeman.
Im no a hard ass. Im a nice guy. Ive been burned at the stake this year and its easy for me to get a hard edge. But those poor in those areas of Lousiana could have walked out of harms way no? Hell, I could walk out of an oncoming Volcano eruption.
Be in a position of command. Ive been there. Be in a position of power over men whose lives are in harms way. Ive been there. Talk to me later after youve been there.
Originally posted by Dallas
I agree it should not be. Let the investigation happen when it's due.
NO -- everything's upside down there for now -- seems to me. Pointing fingers is not the answer for now. LATER -- DIFFERENT STORY.
Originally posted by HIFIGUY
Im blown away. Katrina as a conspiracy topic? This forum is turning into a bunch of old hens with nothing better to do then bash a tough relief effort.
Originally posted by billybob
your just trying to bend us into accepting your conspiritorial agenda. soon, you will be assimilated. [in DALEK.....] EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!
Michael Brown, the outgoing head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said while testifying to a House panel today that local officials were more to blame than he was for a failed relief effort in the days following Hurricane Katrina. He suggested much of the chaos in New Orleans could not have been anticipated.
But a draft of a comprehensive hurricane plan prepared for the United States government foresaw almost everything that happened in Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Katrina. While the plan never became official policy, it surely put everyone on notice at FEMA about what could happen if a big storm hit New Orleans.
Brown lays the blame at the feet of Louisiana local and state officials for being confused and inefficient as Hurricane Katrina hit.
"My biggest regret is not getting the governor [of Louisiana] and the mayor of New Orleans to sit down and iron out their differences," Brown told the panel.
But FEMA has had a catastrophic hurricane plan since January, which warns that local government would not be able to cope with a huge storm.
"The response capabilities and resources of the local jurisdiction may be insufficient and quickly overwhelmed," the document reads.
Brown said it was unclear what Louisiana officials needed.
"I could not find out who was making decisions about what needed to be done," Brown testified.
But FEMA's own plan advises the federal government that if lives are at stake, it should not wait to be asked for help.
"This may require mobilizing and deploying assets before they are requested," the plan says.
Brown blamed city and state officials for failing to evacuate nearly 100,000 New Orleans residents.
"FEMA does not evacuate," Brown told the panel.
Evacuation, under the government hurricane plan, was indeed a local function. However, the plan calls for FEMA to have a back-up plan.
It warned that, "the State of Louisiana has identified a shortage in resources required to evacuate and support shelters, including the special needs populations."
I recall our exchange when you ran for council. I accepted that you understood and held the stated logo: "deny ignorance" to mean balanced discourse in search of truth and not the promotion of one side over another.
Originally posted by MajicFor those who may not be aware, ATS is a conspiracy site. Discussing world events from the conspiracy perspective is what we do.
If that's a problem for some members, I'm sure they will find a more welcoming environment on the many fine popular, politically-aligned discussion forums available on the Internet.