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    This was a complete surprise to the brass of FEMA.

    If only the brass of FEMA would have read FEMA's own reports. Indeed, this report looks like the only thing FEMA got right.

    A former official in the Clinton administration, Sydney Blumenthal, has written in Der Spiegel: "In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the US, including a terrorist attack on New York City.

    How many people would still be alive had the leaders of FEMA, with appropriate backing from the White House, acted on this report? Imagine how different things could have been. Or maybe just look elsewhere in the world.

    Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.

    "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

    by machopicasso on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 02:43:41 PM PDT

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