Friday, October 21, 2005

Brown vs. Bored of Evacuation

From DemocracyNow!, but you can check up on the e-mails just about anywhere. Utterly disgusting. I dare anyone to defend this.

FEMA Scandal Widens as Internal E-mails Are Made Public
More details have emerged depicting the extent of the neglect and irresponsibility of former FEMA Director Michael Brown in his roll in the scandal of the government's handling of Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, FEMA official Marty Bahamonde testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. He was the first official from the agency to arrive in New Orleans ahead of Katrina. In the midst of the chaos and horror of the hurricane's aftermath, Bahamonde sent a dire e-mail to Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came from Brown. Instead, less than three hours later, an aide to Brown sent an e-mail saying her boss wanted to go on a television program that night. But first, the aide said, Brown needed at least an hour to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge restaurant, writing, "He needs much more than 20 or 30 minutes." Some 19 pages of internal FEMA e-mails revealed Thursday show Bahamonde gave regular updates to people in contact with Brown as early as August 28, the day before Katrina hit. They appear to contradict Brown, who has said he was not fully aware of the conditions until days after the storm hit. Bahamonde arrived on Aug. 27 and was the only FEMA official at the scene until August 30. Subsequent e-mails told of an increasingly desperate situation at the New Orleans Superdome, where tens of thousands of evacuees were piled in. Bahamonde spent two nights there with the evacuees. On August 31, he e-mailed Brown saying, "estimates are many will die within hours." He described the situation as "past critical." It was just moments after that email that Michael Brown's press secretary, Sharon Worthy, wrote colleagues to complain that the FEMA director needed more time to eat dinner. Worthy wrote, "Restaurants are getting busy...We now have traffic to encounter to go to and from a location of his choise (sic), followed by wait service from the restaurant staff, eating, etc. Thank you."

5 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Links to PDFs of all the e-mails.

Try to read this without wanting to throw up.

Friday, October 21, 2005 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

Why do you hate America?

Andrew

Friday, October 21, 2005 8:30:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Andrew,

Because I'm a latte-sipping liberal pansy homo-loving gay marriage Al Qaeda therapy wanting secular humanist (well, that part's true) virus that's destroying God and Country.

Doug

Sunday, October 23, 2005 2:19:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

I had no idea that we were both viruses. I always thought that you could reproduce without the benefit of a host cell . . .

Demo.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 5:22:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

But we "libocrats" are parasites that feed off the true-blue (eyed?) Americans. We're politically unhygienic. You can see the logical endpoint of this, of course.

Yes, D and I are checking into whether she can (literally) be grandfathered into Italian citizenship. You should check it out for Greece...always good to have a worst-case backup plan.

Monday, October 24, 2005 1:07:00 PM  

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