Your criminal government at work. And you just sit there, day after day putting up with this kind of stuff. Some of you even cheer these guys on. What does that say about you?

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Posted on Tue, Sep. 13, 2005


By Jonathan S. Landay, Alison Young and Shannon McCaffrey
Knight Ridder Newspapers


WASHINGTON - The federal official with the power to mobilize a massive federal response to Hurricane Katrina was Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, not the former FEMA chief who was relieved of his duties and resigned earlier this week, federal documents reviewed by Knight Ridder show.


Even before the storm struck the Gulf Coast, Chertoff could have ordered federal agencies into action without any request from state or local officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown had only limited authority to do so until about 36 hours after the storm hit, when Chertoff designated him as the "principal federal official" in charge of the storm.


As thousands of hurricane victims went without food, water and shelter in the days after Katrina's early morning Aug. 29 landfall, critics assailed Brown for being responsible for delays that might have cost hundreds of lives.


But Chertoff - not Brown - was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government's blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homeland security director.


But according to a memo obtained by Knight Ridder, Chertoff didn't shift that power to Brown until late afternoon or evening on Aug. 30, about 36 hours after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. That same memo suggests that Chertoff may have been confused about his lead role in disaster response and that of his department.

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Other stories this morning so far:
[#] HITCHENS-GALLOWAY DEBATE ON THE 'NET TODAY
[#] Hurricane Halliburton
[#] Roberts' bad decision
[#] Three FEMA contractors arrested for looting in Plaquemines Parish
[#] More Americans Believe Iraq Conflict Was Wrong
[#] More Delay bagmen indicted
[#] We don't want your kind here!
[#] Court Nominee Dodges Key Questions
[#] Louisiana Governor did her job handling Katrina Emergency: Congressional Report
[#] Will Katrina Bring An Isolationist Revival?
[#] If you can't lick 'em, try diplomacy
[#] Series of blasts kill over 150 in Baghdad, wound over 500
[#] Live - Roberts: Congress can trump court

For these and new stories added throughout the day, check out:

CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWSWIRE - September 14th, 2005

 http://www.livejournal.com/users/mparent7777/2005/09/14/


And to catch up on yesterday's action, see:

CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWSWIRE - September 13th, 2005

 http://www.livejournal.com/users/mparent7777/2005/09/13/


MARC PARENT

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MARC PARENT

CRIMES AND CORRUPTIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

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