It’s time for resignations and rolling heads… AP News reports that Michael Brown was a little slow in sending a memo to Chertoff requesting help for what he termed a “near catastrophic event”.
Are these people just plain DAFT?
The government’s disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region — and gave them two days to arrive, according to internal documents.
Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sought the approval from Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff roughly five hours after Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29. Brown said that among duties of these employees was to “convey a positive image” about the government’s response for victims.
What was Brown doing for those five hours… Sitting at his desk tapping his fingers and mulling over how to make certain that the rescue teams were perky and positive? Actually something far more crass comes to my incredibly aggravated mind at the moment, but as always, I’m too polite to spit it out here.
“FEMA response and recovery operations are a top priority of the department and as we know, one of yours,” Brown wrote Chertoff. He proposed sending 1,000 Homeland Security Department employees within 48 hours and 2,000 within seven days.
Knocke said the 48-hour period suggested for the Homeland employees was to ensure they had adequate training. “They were training to help the life-savers,” Knocke said.
Employees required a supervisor’s approval and at least 24 hours of disaster training in Maryland, Florida or Georgia. “You must be physically able to work in a disaster area without refrigeration for medications and have the ability to work in the outdoors all day,” Brown wrote.
The same day Brown wrote Chertoff, Brown also urged local fire and rescue departments outside Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi not to send trucks or emergency workers into disaster areas without an explicit request for help from state or local governments. Brown said it was vital to coordinate fire and rescue efforts.
Hello? Hello? Michael Brown — what the hell were you thinking? Oops, I’m sorry, I know you weren’t thinking. The world knows you weren’t thinking.
Get the hook, show this man the door… And then start lining up everyone above him who failed this nation. They all need to go — from the bottom of the barrel to the top!