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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

On Stopping the "Finger Pointing"

I noted that on Elders blog he wrote an interesting piece on how come people were playing the 'blame game" on Katrina.

It was very interesting and it got me to thinking.

I mean, ok, what is it that has our leaders so upset about the natural curiosity of those of us who work and have families as to weather or not these highly paid people are DOING what they are supposed to do.

Now we all have a level of trust in government or at least I do. I mean, if we have an emergency at work my partner gets me on my cell phone and for the most part I stop what I am doing and get on it. For us an emergency involves stuff like a client hating the graphics I did on a power point presentation for the next day.

I may have to stop surfing blogs, getting my hair done and driving my kids around to change it. And people expect stuff to happen and happen fast when there is a problem.

If not, someone has to pay.

Now lets see here. I have a nice cozy summer house and once this summer I had to give up my holiday and go to NYC and see these retards about a stupid project they thought was important. I didn't want to end my vacation to do that but hey, life is life.

Well unless you are President, or head of Homeland Security that is, in which case you get to do pretty much whatever stupid shit you feel like doing and if it costs innocent people to die a horrible gruesome death one can only imagine in their darkest nightmares while the folks we pay to run things just fuck off, then you can do what you want and if you wait FIVE HOURS to send in a REQUEST for help then hey, maybe he had important stuff like blog surfing to do huh?

Read this, and think of the stories of the people who watched their babies die of dehydration or worse.

From the AP Yahoo News

WASHINGTON - 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 ( WHEN I HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO DO I DON"T GET TWO DAYS DO YOU?) 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.

Before then, FEMA had positioned smaller rescue and communications teams across the Gulf Coast. But officials acknowledged Tuesday the first department-wide appeal for help came only as the storm raged. ( WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT MIGHT BE?)

Brown's memo to Chertoff described Katrina as "this near catastrophic event" but otherwise lacked any urgent language. The memo politely ended, "Thank you for your consideration in helping us to meet our responsibilities."

The initial responses of the government and Brown came under escalating criticism as the breadth of destruction and death grew. President Bush and Congress on Tuesday pledged separate investigations into the federal response to Katrina. "Governments at all levels failed," said Sen. Susan Collins (news, bio, voting record), R-Maine.

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said Brown had positioned front-line rescue teams and Coast Guard helicopters before the storm. Brown's memo on Aug. 29 aimed to assemble the necessary federal work force to support the rescues, establish communications and coordinate with victims and community groups, Knocke said.

Instead of rescuing people or recovering bodies, these employees would focus on helping victims find the help they needed, he said.

"There will be plenty of time to assess what worked and what didn't work," Knocke said. "Clearly there will be time for blame to be assigned and to learn from some of the successful efforts."

Brown's memo told employees that among their duties, they would be expected to "convey a positive image of disaster operations to government officials, community organizations and the general public.""

OMG!!!! Can you imagine what would happen to most people if they screwed up this badly at work????? Who do these people answer to anyhow???
If people just let this one go, we get what we deserve when we have another terror attack or bad disaster.

Somehow the leaders have to get to the bottom of this on all sides and make sure the idiots responsible pay for what they didn't do.


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