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There is no word except "criminal" [Sep. 4th, 2005|11:03 am]
Zoethe
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Go and read this press release by Louisiana Senator Mary L. Landrieu. FEMA is still failing Louisiana.

An excerpt, and the most appalling part:

I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims -- far more efficiently than buses -- FEMA again dragged its feet. Offers of medicine, communications equipment and other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by the agency.

But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment.


People are dying, not of the hurricane nor of the flood, but of red tape and bureaucracy.

Edit: Just go read this entry by lyssabard.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2005-09-04 03:10 pm (UTC)
It's worse. I missed it the first time around but caught what she meant by THIS statement later:

</i>Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast -- black and white, rich and poor, young and old -- deserve far better from their national government.</i>

It was a fucking PHOTO OP. They tore the equippment and shelter DOWN after.


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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2005-09-04 03:15 pm (UTC)
Heh, forgive me for repeating you.

I am just not reading and thinking clearly in an emotionally outraged haze.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-09-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
That part was actually about the levee repairs. But your links make me want to cry. I mean, yeah, politicians lie to us, but usually not this incompetently....

(cynic? me?)
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[User Picture]From: elbiesee
2005-09-04 03:22 pm (UTC)
I can't help but think that this is all a catalyst for change. If TPTB make it to the end of this term, it'll be a blue-eyed miracle. Hopefully the next election will bring in people that aren't all buddy-buddy with the current administration and will get the ball rolling for change... For the pendulum to swing back to the middle where it belongs.

It's just too bad it takes a tragedy like this to bring it about.
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2005-09-04 03:55 pm (UTC)
Fema is a joke. Always has been.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-09-04 04:29 pm (UTC)
But... the X-Files told me FEMA was going to take over the nation once the aliens gave the signal!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-09-04 05:08 pm (UTC)
Then it's a GOOD thing they're so incompetent!

Or, they won't waste their resources on mere mortals. Take your pick.

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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2005-09-04 10:09 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Red Cross, okay, but pretty much a joke as well - they only take monetary donations, if you've never realized. They'll turn away donations of clothes and food. They always do. They don't want THAT.

Thus, if I give money, I give through a religious organization. Usually that of my own, but if not, at least one that I know will definitely help such as World Vision.

Stein Auf!
Bridget
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2005-09-04 04:00 pm (UTC)
For all the talk that homeland security did about having plans for any terrorist attack, what is obvious to me is that it was meant to keep the people in fear mode, not as steps and procedures by our government for us.....60 nations have called to try and help and in his arrogance he has said no!....how much suffering does it take?.....
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-09-06 12:19 pm (UTC)
60 nations have called to try and help and in his arrogance he has said no!

Really? I heard that supplies and help from European nations are already on their way.

For all the talk that homeland security did about having plans for any terrorist attack, what is obvious to me is that it was meant to keep the people in fear mode

I fault the local governments as much as the feds here. New Orleans and Louisianna apparently didn't follow their own emergency evacuation procedures.

Plenty of blame to go around in this one.
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[User Picture]From: kuangning
2005-09-04 05:55 pm (UTC)
It's worse than that. SO much worse. During his photo op, they grounded all air traffic.

Grounded. Helicopters on search and rescue. Food and supplies that were supposed to go out. Supplies sat on the ground in the heat while he posed and postured.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-09-04 05:57 pm (UTC)
What a bozo.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-09-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
By "bozo", I guess you are referring to the Secret Service ;)
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2005-09-04 06:03 pm (UTC)
The other really sad thing to me is that the people responsible for this kind of crap will never be held accountable for it. At best, they'll be forgotten. At worst they'll be lauded for their efforts during a state of unprecedented crisis....
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From: crystalsage
2005-09-05 03:46 am (UTC)
The reasoning behind these two things is simple, and even more appalling: $$$

The Fed Govt. has contracts with certain companies (Read: Haliburton, et. al.) for these things, including, food, water and medicine. So they're not paying them for their services, so they won't accept them.

Totally Unreal, eh?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-09-05 04:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. At least now it makes sense to me.

It's utterly wrong, and morally reprehensible, but at least I understand it.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-09-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
I mentioned elsewhere about another example of this red tape - my county was waiting to send 22 deputies and supplies down to New Orleans. They sat around for a day while they waited for FEMA to give them the go-ahead.

Then again, once they finally did get the go-ahead, they were turned away by the Louisana state police - they told them they didn't need their help.

Wha?
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