According to the National Hurricane Center, beginning Friday the 26th of August, statements were made that Katrina could be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it made it's second landfall. There prediction was "right on." So was Chertoff on vacation too? If the Department of Homeland Security doesn't know about a predicted disaster, or that one of it's sub-agencies (FEMA, which used to be a standalone agency) had planned for such a disaster (a scientific "war game" involving 40 agencies from different states, and scientists, with a fictional "Hurricane Pam" and what it would do to New Orleans), how can we trust that the agency is prepared for another terrorist attack?
Last week, Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told CNN his agency had recently planned for a Category 5 hurricane hitting New Orleans.
Speaking to "Larry King Live" on August 31, in the wake of Katrina, Brown said, "That Category 4 hurricane caused the same kind of damage that we anticipated. So we planned for it two years ago. Last year, we exercised it. And unfortunately this year, we're implementing it."
Why lie? Why so obvious?
I suppose FOX News will carry the story like it's a biblical truth, and many will believe him. "We didn't know..." is a worthless, piece of crap excuse. This is just the begin of the spin. Next they'll make it look like it's the fault of New Orlean's Mayor C Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, and other city planners.
The fury over President Bush's response to Katrina is creating another Gulf War, a sampling of the article essentially says what I feel is going to happen...the Political Storm is only going to get worse for the White House:
...there are signs that Bush's political capital is getting soggy. Former GOP House speaker Newt Gingrich sharply questioned the last four years of emergency planning. John Breaux, the former Democratic Louisiana senator and close Bush ally, rejected the president's claim that nobody anticipated the failure of the city's levees, saying he talked to Bush about it last year.There will be more on this later...
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