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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."

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Update: Red Cross Says "We Were Kept From Superdome By State"

 

September 7, 2005

Douglas Maher - All Headline News Staff Reporter

 

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - A report on Fox News from correspondent Major Garrett Wednesday night reveals a major break into what exactly went wrong at the Louisiana Superdome in the days after Hurricane Katrina struck the city.

 

An American Red Cross representative tells Fox News that the Louisiana State Homeland Security Department refused the relief organization permission to take food and water to the Superdome because they did not want to "encourage people to go there."

 

They State office of Homeland Security wanted to get people out and were afraid that providing support would be a "magnet" attracting more displaced citizens of New Orleans.

 

Stay with All Headline News for more on this developing aspect of the Hurricane Katrina Relief.

 

MAJOR GARRETT: The Red Cross was ready, just got off the phone with one of their officials. They had a vanguard, Brit, of trucks with water, food, hygiene equipment, all sorts of things ready to go, where? To the Superdome and the convention center. Why weren't they there? The Louisiana Department of Homeland Security told them they could not go.

 

Brit Hume's next question, "Now, this isn't the Louisiana branch of the federal homeland security, this is the state?"

 

MAJOR GARRETT: The state's own agency devoted to the state's homeland security. They told them, you cannot go there. Why? The Red Cross tells me, that state agency in Louisiana said, look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or the convention center. We want to get them out. So at the same time local officials were screaming, where's the food, where's the water, the Red Cross was standing by ready, the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go.

 

-interview by Fox News Brit Hume

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no it had to be Bush , the hurricane was an experiment that the Bush administration deployed, Jesse Jackson is the reall genius ,granted Bush went to Yale , but someone did his work for him , he couldnt have done it himself!

 

I wish someone would have done my work for me when I was in college ! Im still an asshole!

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In the end it isn't Bush, it isn't the Mayor or Governor, it is FEMA.

 

They didn't do what they needed to do to help the people.

FEMA cannot and should not rely on locally elected pols to manage a disaster.

 

And Bush should be able to delegate this task since he has a world to run.  Good leaders can make bad choices, and Brown is one of them. He needs to be replaced.

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:1106: And if the feds would have stepped in the first thing the gov would have hollered is  Hey what about states rights,fema is an after action agency. the state has to declare an emergency. the mayor an then the gov are responable for the well being of their people. they have to start the ball rollin first. this time they did not. that's where the blame is.
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Well, closing on two weeks and they are talking like mebbe they'll start to clean up the rotting corpses in the streets.

 

Point is, they are all there now and it continues to be a clusterfuck. Thousands of individual and cooperative efforts of sacrifice and selflessness, but every agency at every level is pointing fingers instead of sucking up and dealing. Yep, Brown needs the axe. If he had an iota of personal integrity, the ink on his resignation would have been dry by now, bu that kind of leadership is extinct in American gummint. Governors office, no doubt sheltering petty beaurocrats and appointees that were inept and without foresight. The mayor, what a loose cannon, but we're talking Louisiana politics here.

They had run the numbers. There were beaucoup reports and studies that plainly laid out pretty much what happened. Money was appropriated, then redirected to more urgent concerns.

They all gambled, they all lost.

New Orleans is the product of a sucker bet.

There's plenty more sucker bets waiting.

Afte we're done spending 100's of billions on New Orleans are we going to work towards prevention of a similar misery in other locations that are square in the way of mother nature?

I'ld wager we'll talk about it and we'll appropriate funds for more studies and some high profile constructs that the politicians can point to and say "lookee what we done for our constituents". Then, the real money and the real effort will be diverted to "more urgent concerns" until another episode. Money for prevention is way down the list from money for political expediency.

It's not the President, it's not the Governor, it's not the Mayor. It's us. We hired the whole stinking lot of bumbling corrupt ninnies that have demonstrated an absolute inability to look at the facts, put a plan in place to minimize the misery, and execute in a timely fashion. But, of course we have a variety or escapades that that little rule of thumb could be applied to. Regardless of party in power or the name on the door, one thing is a constant. The voter chooses. Our track record has been, well, less that stellar.

 

Day eleven and people are stepping around rotting corpses.

WTF?

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Bush has asked that Americans not “play politics” at this moment of terrible national disaster. But asking hard questions of our nation’s leaders is exactly what democracy demands when the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina is widely viewed as “a national disgrace.”

 

 

This disaster is a chilling reminder of what happens when government fails to protect its citizens, and it is imperative that Americans demand accountability. Officials who did not do their jobs must be dismissed, and elected officials whose policies aggravated the devastation wrought by Katrina must be removed from office. We owe this to the dead and to the survivors.

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Well as of yesterday - from what I was watching.

The mayor and Governor still couldn't agree on whether or not to force evacuation.

Seems the Governor still has a hell of an ego problem from the comments I watched on the news.

Pop nailed it.

We end up with what we elect.

Seems the people of La. elected the wrong folks.

This is a big time cluster fuck!!

We better just get our shit together--forget politics-race issues--and ego trips and figure out how to go with the city of New Orleans.

Historically it was a port city.

BUT it dealt with nature--didn't try to levee it and pump itself dry.

Folks lived on the HIGH GROUND and dealt with flooding.

WE try to control it--Mother Nature is not going to be tamed or controled--she does what she wants.

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