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View Diary: Intentional withholding of aid? : the evidence (w/ poll) [updated with lots of links] (310 comments)

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  •  I think you are overlooking what FEMA itself says (none)
    When taken out of context, the quote from Armando would seem to support your assertion.  There is just one problem...the quote is used to support a false arguement.  

    If you had gone to the FEMA web site yourself you might well have seen the following:

    "Partnership
    In accordance with FEMA's primary authorizing legislation, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, FEMA is first and foremost a coordinating agency. The Agency therefore relies on strong partnerships to successfully carry out its mission. FEMA works with a variety of partners, including Federal agencies, States, Territories, Tribal Nations, local governments, first responders, voluntary organizations, business, industry, and individuals. While the Agency's mission is squarely focused on protecting and preparing the Nation as a whole, primary responsibility for disaster response rests with State and local authorities. This means FEMA does not respond to all disasters that occur in the United States. Instead, when State and local capacity to respond is threatened or overwhelmed, a Governor may ask the President for Federal assistance. "

    It is a matter of record that the President took it upon himself to declare a state of emergency in Louisana even before the storm struck, and did the same for Mississippi, and Alabama when the information he had supported such actions.  Even so, the primary responsibility for managing the disasters rests with Local, and State governments.

    While we most likely disagree on the issue, I do appreciate the opportunity to examine it with you.

    Regards,
    Perry cooper

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