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Yoga Korunta

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Location: United States

One learns, as nothing endures but change.

17 September 2005

more FEMA

This morning a friend who is involved in trucking told me that FEMA had been ready. There were 600 trucks of food, water, and medical supplies in Louisiana, ready to assist the New Orleans flood victims. The trucks were not permitted to deliver, as local and state authorities wanted the people to move out of the Superdome sooner. As yet, I have not been able to get independent verification of this report. Anyone else have info which would exonerate the people presumed guilty by the press?

This same former Marine friend also told me that in a natural disaster, but not terrorist attack, the Feds are not permitted to assume authority over state government.

Can anyone shed further light? Note that George could have at least pretended to show some empathy for the evacuees and that both he and Laura are tainted by their insensitivity. The more I read regarding this disaster, the more I feel blame should be placed at local and state levels.


Blogger a rose is a rose said...

you are correct. in a natural disaster the feds must have the state's permission to get involved. however, they (the feds) were asked PRIOR to the storm hitting. there is solid evidence the governor of la declared a state of emergency and DID ask for help...............

Blogger g0tribe said...

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005 11:52 p.m. EDT - Newsmax

Gov. Kathleen Blanco's Bureaucrats Blocked Food and Water

The Red Cross was reportedly ready to deliver food, water and other supplies to flood-ravaged refugees who were sweltering inside New Orleans' Superdome last week - but the relief was blocked by bureaucrats who worked for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

Fox News Channel's Major Garrett reported Wednesday that the Red Cross had "trucks with water, food, hygiene equipment, all sorts of things ready to go ... to the Superdome and Convention Center."

But the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, Garrett said, "told them they could not go."

"The Red Cross tells me that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security said, 'Look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or Convention Center, we want to get them out,'" he explained.

"So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water, the Red Cross was standing by ready [and] the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go."

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not believe anything Fox News Channel reports without confirmation from another source.

If the National Guard would have been there, instead of in Iraq, help could have gotten to the area much sooner.

All things considered, the FED surely must be guilty because they have admitted fault - very seldom in the regime of Bush has it ever admitted guilt or mistakes.

Things are never quite white and black in government interactions. The majority of the areas (truths) are obscure or maybe even obsurd. Let face it, obfuscation is built in the our political process.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

I don't trust Fox, either. It will be enlightening to see who shares more blame for failing to help evacuees: FEMA-Bush or mayor-governor.

BTW, anon, you double posted!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

An example of how something is presented (this paraphased - so the facts are recalled from memory):

Person breaking into school at night falls through a shy light and breaks a leg. He is awarded damages from the lower court. How can that be? He is a thief! --- How terrible our liberal court system is.


The school has skylights and for a legal reason they have been requested by a court to remove the skylights. They do not do it. They return to court and are found in contempt of the court order. They are given an additional 90 days to comply with the court order and remove the skylights. After 90 days they report that the windows have been removed. What they did was to paint over the windows with black paint. The thief fell though a painted skylight.

The case was won not because a thief broke his leg falling though a painted skylight. This school system thought they were above the law. Didn’t do what the court ordered the first time. They were in contempt of a court order. Given additional 90 days to comply with the court order. Lied to the court and said it was done. Damages were awarded because of the cavalier attitude of the school or school system believing they were above the law.

Blogger g0tribe said...

OK...you don't like that Fox News was mentioned. I can respect that. I'll take it straight off of the Red Cross' own website. In order to not take up too much space I'll copy the first items and then the link so you can visit the page yourself.

Disaster FAQs

Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

* Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

* The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.


Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

News programs are underwritten in some way and editing is done by humans with their own interpretations. Stealing televisions is looting, natural disaster or not. But food & water? Did Homeland Security operate under the assumption that evacuation was more imperative than disaster relief? As stated, this blog wishes to identify which office acted to protect the public and which office hindered the effort.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear gOtribe,

I like the 2 points listed below. People look for facts to prove their points - We are only human

· The Red Cross does not conduct search and rescue operations. We are an organization of civilian volunteers and cannot get relief aid into any location until the local authorities say it is safe and provide us with security and access.

· As the remaining people are evacuated from New Orleans, the most appropriate role for the Red Cross is to provide a safe place for people to stay and to see that their emergency needs are met. We are fully staffed and equipped to handle these individuals once they are evacuated.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

anon and g0tribe both make good points and your comments are appreciated. If you have blogs, please notify!

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