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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Blame Game Update: I just cannot give up the hunt

This came via e-mail from a trusted family friend:
This is a article from a reporter in Merritt Is, FL, who's been
researching what went on before the storm hit!

I think that New Orlean's Major - Ray Nagin's pomp and posturing is
going to bite him hard in the near future as the lies and distortions of his interviews with the press are coming to light.

On Friday night before the storm hit Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane
Center took the unprecedented action of calling Mayor Nagin and LA Gov.
Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of New Orleans and was told: "they'd take it under consideration". This was after the NOAA buoy 240 miles south had recorded 68' waves before it was destroyed.

President Bush spent the Friday afternoon and evening prior to the storm
in meetings with his advisors and administrators drafting all of the paperwork required for a state to request federal assistance (and not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act or having to enact the Insurgency Act). Just before midnight
Friday evening the President called Governor Blanco and pleaded with her to
sign the request papers so the federal government and the military could
legally begin mobilization and call up. The President was told that the
Gov's staff and New Orleans Mayor didn't think it necessary for the federal government to be involved yet.

After the President's final call to the governor she held meetings with
her staff to discuss the political ramifications of bringing federal forces. It was
decided that if they allowed federal assistance it would make it look as if
they had failed so it was agreed upon that the feds would not be invited in.

Saturday before the storm hit the President again called Blanco and Nagin
requesting they please sign the papers requesting federal assistance, that
they declare the state an emergency area, and begin mandatory evacuation.
After a personal plea from the President Nagin agreed to order an
evacuation, but it would not be a full mandatory evacuation, and the
governor still refused to sign the papers requesting and authorizing federal
action. In frustration the President declared the area a national disaster
area before the state of Louisiana did so he could legally begin some
advanced preparations. Reports have it that the President's legal
advisers were looking into the ramifications of using the insurgency act to bypass the Constitutional requirement that a state request federal aid before the
federal government can move into state with troops - but that had not been
done since 1906 and the Constitutionality of it was called into question to
use before the disaster.

Throw in that over half the federal aid of the past decade to NO for levee
construction, maintenance, and repair was diverted to fund a marina and
support the gambling ships. Toss in the investigation that will look into
why the emergency preparedness plan submitted to the federal government for
funding and published on the city's website was never implemented and in
fact may have been bogus for the purpose of gaining additional federal
funding as we now learn that the organizations identified in the plan were
never contacted or coordinating into any planning - though the document
implies that they were.

The suffering people of NO need to be asking some hard questions as do we
all, but they better start with why Gov. Blanco refused to even sign the
multi-state mutual aid pack activation documents until Wednesday which
further delayed the legal deployment of National Guard from adjoining
states. Or maybe ask why Mayor Nagin keeps harping that the President
should have commandeered 500 Greyhound busses to help him when according to his own emergency plan and documents Nagin claimed to have over 500 busses at his disposal to use between the local school busses and the city transportation
busses - but he never raised a finger to prepare them or activate them.

This is a sad time for all of us to see that a major city has all but been
destroyed and thousands of people have died with hundreds of thousands more
suffering, but it's certainly not a time for people to be pointing fingers
and trying to find a bigger dog to blame for local corruption and
incompetence. Pray to God for the survivors that they can start their lives
anew as fast as possible and we learn from all the mistakes to avoid them in
the future.

Note the MSM has taken Nagin at his word. They will deny the egg on their faces, when all this blows up during the forthcoming investigations.

UPDATE: More examples of MSM failures here.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Why not? If the federal government COULD have acted because of LA or NO incompetence and DIDN'T, and we can agree that they had a responsibility to, why doesn't that put it at their door? Especially as, as you've given no response to despite this argument being raised everywhere and even conceded by Rummy, we would not be having this conversation if this was a terrorist attack.

Mon Sep 12, 02:18:00 PM PDT  

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