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Friday, September 02, 2005

You Really Have to Work At Being That Ignorant

OK, but what exactly did FEMA and DHS do wrong that they should have done better? So far, I haven't heard any meaningful explanation of what the criticisms are.
Okay, I'll start. Here's your FEMA in action:
USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) was slated to leave its Baltimore port today to provide critically needed medical capabilities and hospital beds to the region. Initially, some 270 medical personnel, most of them from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., will operate the ship's medical treatment facility, Military Sealift Command officials said.
Today? Today? They've known that Katrina was going to hit since last Saturday. Thousands of people are dead or dying, yet the hospital ship has been sitting idle in the Baltimore harbor all week, and was only dispatched TODAY (another hospital ship sits idle in San Diego -- it's scheduled to leave for NO on Sept. 7th, don't ask me why).

And what is the DHS doing during all of this? Why, keeping the Red Cross OUT of NOLA:
Homeland Security (her term, not mine) told the Red Cross DO NOT enter New Orleans and says this still now. And why, you may ask? Not Security. Not worker safety. Not lack of access. It was because people would be drawn to the Red Cross food and they wouldn't want to go to be evacuated. So I asked: "The people starving and dying at the convention center yesterday couldn't get Red Cross food and water because they would be drawn to the food at the convention center, where they were, and not want to be evacuated from the convention center where no evacuations were going on or planned and all the while they are dying".


Could it be they were saving the convention center rescue until Bush's visit today? It certainly seems like it. Doesn't it?
Yeah, that's DHA and FEMA in action.

You'd think the Power Tools would eventually get tired about never, ever being right about anything and give up.

Intrepid little fuckers, aren't they.

Update: For the sceptics, from the Red Cross's own site:
The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
Lovely. Just lovely.