I am so tired of reading the bull puckey that has been
by Ziks511 - 11/2/12 6:02 AM
In Reply to: And something tells me by TONI H
talked here about Hurricane Katrina, that I'm going to do the work for you, particularly since you all seem so abysmally badly informed regarding Emergency Response.
"However, the specific triggers for the National Response Plan and its various components are unclear. In HSPD-5,
the President instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security to coordinate the Federal government's resources
utilized in response to or recovery from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies if and when any one of the following four conditions applies:
"(1) A Federal department or agency acting under its own authority has requested the
assistance of the Secretary;
"(2) The resources of State and local authorities are overwhelmed and Federal assistance
has been requested by the appropriate State and local authorities;
"(3) More than one Federal department or agency has become substantially involved in
responding to the incident; or
"(4) The Secretary has been directed to assume responsibility for managing the domestic
incident by the President.43
The NRP bases the definition of Incidents of National Significance (INS) "on situations related to" these HSPD-5
You will note there are three cases for intervention , Two dependent on the Secretary of Homeland Security, and one on the involvement of more than one Federal agency responding to the incident.
The Governor or local authorities are only 1/4 of the possibilities. All of this new response criteria post 9/11 were fully in place months before the start of Hurricane Katr
"With respect to Hurricane Katrina, when the Secretary of Homeland Security formally declared the event to be an INS on Tuesday, August 30, 2005, arguably an INS already existed, because two of the four HSPD-5 criteria noted above had already been satisfied." So, Duh, why no help. I know Georgie boy was in Las Vegas playing golf and collecting money, but the process should have gone ahead no matter what. INS, Issue of National Security.
From your favourite debunking site, Snopes. com
"Claim: Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco refused President Bush's pleas to declare an emergency before Hurricane Katrina struck.
This is followed by an example of false reporting via e-mail tinted blue. What is contained in the blue box is false and so is the 3 paragraph segment below deriving entirely from the Bush White House.
"The claim that "the President declared the area a national disaster area before Louisiana did" appears to be based on an erroneous statement made by a Bush administration official, as reported in the Washington Post."
"Behind the senes a power struggle emerged as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Governor Katheen Babineaux Blanco. Shortly before midnight Friday 26 August, the Bush administration sent her a proposed Legal memorandum asking her to request a Federal Takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state emegency operations centre said Saturday.
"The (Bush) Administration sought unified control over all local polide and state National guard Units reporting to the Governor, ... [rejected] "Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals they then could have blamed everything on the locals said the source who does not have the authority to speak publicly."
All misinformation, disinformation, lies and Bush "facts" released to the lapdog press.
Well that blaming of local authorities certainly is what has happened anyway, with true Bushites (shouldn't there be two lls in there?) like Toni repeating the lie over and over and over again.
"A senior Administration Official (Federal) said Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Gurad units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the President, the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans."
Now that's what the Feds were feeding the Washington Post through this period of inaction, but:
"In fact, Governor Blanco had already declared a state of emergency for the state of Louisiana eith days earlier *August 26. The Washington Post was later forced to issue a correction to their article,"
So, while agreeing that it was poorly handled, it was poorly handled by the level of government with all the authority, including signed States of Emergency from the relevant people, Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin.
The delays in the arrival of equipment, helicopters food supplies and evacuation was all at the door of the Bush Administration and FEMA. Statements to the contrary are contradicted by documents, news reports and Statements during the Hearings following Katrina. Note the people in charge from Aug26 on were President Bush, the Secretary of Homeland Security and FEMA.
Bush Blew It, and the whole Administration Knew It. Hence the lies the inaccurate briefings and the cover ups, and "Let's blame the locals, they're only #@%!ing Democrats anyway."
So put it to rest Toni. As with all your other screeds it doesn't stand up even to Snopes, let alone deeper investigation.
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