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Friday, September 02, 2005

Damage Control

Note the discrepancies in reporting, between the administration officials and various people on site...
FEMA Director Mike Brown: Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well.

Homeland Security Director Chertoff: Now, of course, a critical element of what we're doing is the process of evacuation and securing New Orleans and other areas that are afflicted. And here the Department of Defense has performed magnificently, as has the National Guard, in bringing enormous resources and capabilities to bear in the areas that are suffering.

Crowd chanting outside the Convention Center: We want help.

Nagin: They don't have a clue what's going on down there.

Phyllis Petrich, a tourist stranded at the Ritz-Carlton: They are invisible. We have no idea where they are. We hear bits and pieces that the National Guard is around, but where? We have not seen them. We have not seen FEMA officials. We have seen no one.
It's now day 5, and the officials are more concerned with the political damage control, than resolving the issue at hand... The dissenters are playing politics? Give me a break. These people need to do their job. They are failing miserably, and it's costing lives.

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