Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Katrina's Coverup Has Begun...

In an effort to show the world that it's finally on top of the catastrophe unleashed by Hurricane Katrina more than a week ago, the Bush administration is producing a seemingly impressive battery of statistics.

Since Friday, as criticism has mounted against the administration for its perceived failure to act sooner, officials have sought to tangibly catalog crucial results, such as "lives saved," "people assisted" and "citizens evacuated."

But a closer look at the administration's claims shows some of the most important numbers seem to contradict each other, including assertions made as recently as Tuesday afternoon about the number of people rescued from life-threatening situations.

In other cases, the numbers seem, at best, to be crude estimates, though they are not presented that way when uttered or released by administration officials.

You can find the article here...Administration's figures on response don't appear to add up

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. agency leading Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts said Tuesday that it does not want the news media to photograph the dead as they are recovered.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected journalists' requests to accompany rescue boats searching for storm victims.

The article is here...FEMA Wants No Photos of Dead

Michael Brown of FEMA did not even think to send aid until after Katrina made landfall...WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. disaster official waited hours after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast before he proposed to his boss sending at least 1,000 Homeland Security workers into the region to support rescuers, internal documents show.

Part of the mission, according to the documents obtained by The Associated Press, was to ''convey a positive image'' about the government's response for victims.

Acknowledging that such a move would take two days, Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sought the approval from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff roughly five hours after Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29

The article is here.

According to the Denver Post, survivors are being locked and fenced in like a concentration camp. The military is stationed at entrances to the impromptu Camp Katrina.

If I didn't know better, I'd have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp.

The signs on the buildings say "Community College of Aurora," though for now they're serving as an impromptu Camp Katrina. About 160 hurricane survivors are being housed in the dorms, surrounded by fences, roadblocks, security guards and enough armed police officers to invade Grenada.

There's a credentials unit to process every visitor, an intake unit to provide identification tags and a bag of clothes to every evacuee, several Salvation Army food stations, portable toilets, shuttle buses, a green army-tent chapel with church services three times a day and a communications team to keep reporters as far away from actual news as possible.

The article is here...Evacuees' stories are moving, but fence isn't

Mississippi saw their FIRST FEMA aid station EIGHT DAYS AFTER the need for it materialized and there are still people who need help that FEMA has not gotten to...but civilians volunteers have gotten to them so why can FEMA not help them?

Why is the U.S. government treating these survivors like they are almost insurgents? Trying to keep reporters away from them and fences...the whole mentality is wrong and should send a strong message to all Americans.

Considering that before we invaded Iraq, Barbera Bush posed a question in an interview as to why should I trouble my beautiful mind with thoughts of body bags and her most recent statement was that the survivors are doing well in the Houston Astrodome since they were underpriveledged anyway, are all those less fortunate to be treated with the least RESPECT we can give them?

FEMA does not want us to see the dead like Bush does not want us to see the dead from Iraq. Is America going to tolerate more Bush coverup? This is not Iraq, this is home.

Tom Delay and Homeland Security aides are again pummeling Gov. Blanco from Louisiana. She gave early warning of the need for assistence just like the officials in Alabama and Mississippi...Blanco is the only Democrat of the three. Does this seem political? It does to me.

Delay has also cancelled hearings on the Katrina "lack of aid" fiasco (article) and is blaming it on the locals. It is hard to believe people in Texas would want such a coward to represent them.

Please do not let the incompetence in DC be forgotton...or forgiven.


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At 6:09 AM, Blogger Myst said...

Pimping again, huh...

Open a store because it isn't selling here.

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