Forwarded by Carolyn Kay,

The House has canceled the planned hearings on the Katrina response. This comes bare hours after the damning Brown Memo — which showed that Brown waited until the day AFTER Katrina had passed to his ass in gear — was released.

Also: Here’s georgia10’s diary, over at, explaining how FEMA — and Bush — are the ones responsible for the disaster in NO.
The Gist:

* There exists a National Response Plan that all governmental bodies, from local to Federal, are supposed to follow.

* The plan specificially states that once the situation is dire enough (such as when the President declares a State of Emergency), FEMA is allowed — actually, EXPECTED — to be proactive and to jump into the situation without waiting to be invited in by the local authorities.

* The plan also states that FEMA is expected to work with anyone — government or non-government — that offers to help out. (In other words, no turning back the Red Cross trucks!)

So whenever you hear Bush or his surrogates say that “bureaucracy” or the locals are to blame, know that they are LYING. If Mike Brown or George W. Bush cared about knowing how to do their jobs, they would have been proactive in their handling of Katrina — meaning that C-130s and Army trucks loaded with sandbags would have been sent to the areas in Katrina’s path the second Bush declared a State of Emergency for those areas.

Please, cut and save this and send to every reporter you see discussing this. Look up and write down their e-mails, or even call them up.

Don’t let Bush and his people get away with the blame game.


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