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The damage control efforts are in full-throated roar as we speak, no efforts are spared to shield

  • President Idiot-on-Vacation-Eating-Cake-and-Playing-Guitar and his
  • crony appointees at DHS (Reading Newspapers for Critical Disaster Mitigatin),
  • FEMA (Applying Essential Horse Show Judging Criteria to Disaster Management),
  • Secretary of Shoe Shopping,
  • Secretary of Baseball Games,
  • Vice President of Home Buying

From the Responsibility for their abysmal, blundering Failure to respond to a predicatable natural disaster, infrastructural collapse, and subsequent preventable human tragedy in and around New Orleans.

How does it work?

Like this:

Blamiing the Mayor
Blaming State and Local Officials
Blaming Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Blaming those who "Chose to stay"
More blame for those who "chose to stay"
Blaming the unexpected - "No one thought the Levees would break"
Blaming looters and violence (easily interpreted not-so-sub-text is blaming blacks)

And so on...

Now, what is the response?

Easy, easy, easy!!

What is the CHAIN OF COMMAND?

What were the governmental efforts prior to the landfall and the subsequent collapse of infrastructure, order, chain of command, and communications?

August 26 or 27, PDF - Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency

August 26, Bush declares a State of Emergency

August 27, PDF - Blanco requests Federal Assistance

All the rest of the story - who was briefed when, who went where when, who ordered what when, and so on and so forth is IRRELEVANT!!!

I repeat: ONCE THE STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED AT BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS, AND ONCE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE WAS REQUESTED, ALL OTHER DETAILS REGARDING AUTHORITY OR COMMAND OR RESPONSIBILITY ARE IRRELEVANT!!!

Why?

Because according to the NRP - The National Response Plan as of December 2004

The Emergency was, as of the moment that Bush declared an Emergency,

"ALL PRESIDENTIALLY DECLARED DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES UNDER THE STAFFORD ACT ARE CONSIDERED INCIDENTS OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE." (NRP, 7)

An Incident of National Significance is an actual or potential high-impact event that requires a coordinated and effective response by and appropriate combination of Federal, State, local, tribal, nongovernmental, and/or private-sector entities in order to save lives and minimize damage, and provide the basis for long-term community recovery and mitigation activities.

The details of the NRP are outlined in georgia10's diary, by Larry Johnson, and by several others...

That's all, that's it, that's a WRAP, folks.

Once that Emergency was declared by BUSH, by the FEDERAL government, ALL RESPONSIBILITY for coordination, communication, relief, rescue, and organization of ANY and ALL operations in the disaster zone are the ultimate responsibility of the FEDERAL government - FEMA, DHS, and the President.

Any number of complete fuckups - failure to allow relief to stranded people, failure to evacuate emergency shelters, hospitals, failure to mount recovery and rescue operations, failure to activate the military, failure to utilize the Bataan, failure to allow Firefighters, EMT, Hazmat Teams, Search and Rescue Teams, failure to stabilize the levees and curb the flooding, failure to keep order, and on and on and on and on...

ALL of it was the responsibility of DHS/FEMA, and ALL of it ultimately falls on the shoulders of the CHIEF EXECUTIVE.

PERIOD.

Originally posted to RedDan on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 10:01 PM PDT.

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  •  The point here is simple (4.00)
    All the details, all the questions about buses, about roads, about organization, about communications, about authorizations, and so on and so forth...

    ARE MOOT.

    They are CHAFF, NOISE, and DISTRACTION.

    The fact of the matter is that the MINUTE the President signed that State of Emergency order, the ENTIRE operation in the areas under threat was IMMEDIATELY under Federal Control, and EVERY SINGLE ACTION taken is the responsibility of the Federal Managers.

    Period.

    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 10:03:24 PM PDT

    •  This is something that needs to be: (4.00)
      repeated everytime the bush cabal goes in to spin mode - that is everytime they open their pie-holes.

      They are the ones blaming the victims!

      These are dead people they are trying to pave their road with.  And now they are trying to lock down the media, because

      • "It's not safe" or
      • "It's out of respect for the victims and their families"

      They weren't showing much respect when these people were drowning in their beds, or dying from lack of medical care, or food and water - waiting for the "FEDS" to pull their heads out.

      "Botched? What is that? The word of the Day?."

      by seronimous on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 11:23:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  so RedDan, do you agree with Armando now ??? (none)
      the presnit had the authority to order the federal forces to act, and he failed to give the order, and then blamed Governor Blanco for not declaring an emergency and asking for the troops ???

      do you agree with all that ???

      cause Armando told me the other day, that I was supposed to convince you of that

      looks like I did a hell of job

      •  I did not disagree with Armando's (none)
        points on substance, I was ticked off at his scattershot and weak presentation of those points.

        And those particular points are not exactly correct:

        First, the President, by declaring a state of emergency DID give the order for federal agencies and forces to bear the responsibility for initial actions.

        Second, Blanco DID declare an emergency and DID ask the President for federal assistance.

        But, again, the point is not the petty details, the point is the way that the basic information was and is presented.

        I was not happy with Armando's style of presentation.

        The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

        by RedDan on Thu Sep 08, 2005 at 12:52:41 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  noted (none)
          I was not happy with Armando's style of presentation.

          I don't know anything about that (above), but at one point, it became VERY OBVIOUS that the presnit and the Congress were the ONLY TWO BODIES that could order the troops into action. Armando couldn't drive that point home to soomeone, and I made what that point really vehemently, so Armando said I should tell you

          we know a lot of details at this point that were only rumor and question marks then

          bush shifting the blame to the State and Local authorities has become part of the story now

          I have to say, for a group of people who just survived a catagory 4 hurricane, the State and local authorities preformed excellentlly. shit didn't break down until two days later, when FEMA was nowhere to be found

          sometimes Armando's style pisses me off too, but I mostly ignore it now

  •  distill (4.00)
    We need a one-sheet, maybe even 1 para that proves Executive culpability without any inflammatory terms, tangential accusations or "everyone has a share of blame" apologies.

    I want something short I can email every time I hear a lie, something I can print out, send or fax to elected Dems and give to people after they open their mouth and lie. I'd just carry it around and hand it out.

    I haven't seen one around. I've been trying to do one but it keeps spinning out with mountains of data, aftermath reports, the levee studies etc. Any ad copywriters around here?

    There's so much obvious evidence that they are counting on us being buried under it while they spin a big simple lie which will explain any perception or info which the average person might see.

    •  Well, and good. (none)
      Do it!

      I hereby give you permission to steal the links and text that I have already stolen, to excise, cut and otherwise edit anything that I have written, and put together exactly such a distilled, one paragraph response...

      It's a great Idea, and I support it fully.

      I will contribute if needed...but I already posted my one diary for the day.

      The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

      by RedDan on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 10:52:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  trying (4.00)
        I'm going to keep trying. My brain is one of the least mathematical in the world-- I keep gathering details and chaff but can't collate.

        If there's anybody out there that can do something like this-- my fax machine stands ready.

        I'll sublet my one diary for today.

  •  Dang. I'm so confused ... (4.00)
    ...I thought it was the Democrats who were playing the "blame game." Limbaugh, McClellan, Dubyanocchio, O'Reilly, Hannity and Ankle-Biting Pundits told me so.

    I hate it that - from "tax-and-spend" to "death tax," from "welfare queen" to "blame game" - the GOP has for 25 years been one step ahead of my side of the spectrum when it comes to resonating soundbites. Lying soundbites, but effective ones. They give the media anchors and the pundits and the public a nice brainwashing shorthand with which to mischaracterize anything anybody who opposes the rightwingers' juggernaut tries to do.

    Since that is the way it works, I wish we could, at least once, be the guys who come up with a pithy anti-GOP expression that becomes forever engraved in people's consciousness like a relentless television jingle.

    "The country will survive [Bush's] leadership, but it is striking that so many have protected him with the soft bigotry of low expectations. (Bull Moose)

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 11:26:44 PM PDT

  •  good diary! (none)
    Too bad that it soon will slide into the ooze which is New Orleans.
  •  And Still (4.00)
    despite all this clarity, they are able to hide in plain sight.

    That is the problem, not Bush's venality, incompetence, republican viciousness, none of that matters, what matters is that with all this clear, simple unequivocal information, the US media and its people fail, generally, totally, to understand.

    Nobody asks McLellan about it, nobody asks him to clarify the chain of events or the chain of command, nothing.

    The sheep, incurious, are led to the slaughter, bleating quietly, a few of them screaming briefly and then we witness all that is left of brash, outgoing, confident, optimistic America;

    The Silence of the Lambs.

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