It seems the U.S. Government's obsession with Red Tape (hmmm...Red States, Red Tape?) continues in the aftermath of Katrina. Britian's Daily Mirror reported on Monday that red tape from the Department of Agriculture has landed these rations in an FDA incineration plant. The story on their website contains an advertisement that is quite annoying, so the story is excerpted here, found on Raw Story.
The food, which cost British taxpayers millions, is sitting idle in a huge warehouse after the Food and Drug Agency recalled it when it had already left to be distributed. Scores of trucks headed back to a warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, to dump it at an FDA incineration plant.
But officials blamed the US Department of Agriculture, which impounded the shipment under regulations relating to the import and export of meat.
One British aid worker, who would not be named, said: "This is the most appalling act of sickening senselessness while people starve.
"The FDA has recalled aid from Britain because it has been condemned as unfit for human consumption, despite the fact that these are Nato approved rations of exactly the same type fed to British soldiers in Iraq.
"Under NATO, American soldiers are also entitled to eat such rations, yet the starving of the American South will see them go up in smoke because of FDA red tape madness."
The worker added: "There will be a cloud of smoke above Little Rock soon - of burned food, of anger and of shame that the world's richest nation couldn't organise a p**s up in a brewery and lets Americans starve while they arrogantly observe petty regulations.One has to wonder...will this ever end? Will the federal government grow some brains and stop using regulations to further disrupt the lives of those most affected by Katrina? And it begs the question: Whe terrorists nuke a large American city, or the Big One hits San Francisco, or the New Madrid fault fails...how many will be strangled to death (literally) by Red Tape? President Bush needs to get on the phone and kick some a**.
In the meantime, preparations should continue to be made to impeach Bush. Not just for his response to Katrina (negligent homicide), but for the web of lies, deceit, and downright disregard for the constitution. The truth will prevail.
Also, read this post for updated information on the suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931.
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set ye free" -Jesus
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