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In Case You Missed It: Fox News' "Special Report," 9/7/05 (On FEMA)
Republican National Committee ^ | September 7, 2005

Posted on 09/07/2005 8:00:14 PM PDT by RWR8189

Fox News' Brit Hume: First, the focus of all of the attention has been FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, what is FEMA?

Fox News' Major Garrett: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2,500 full time employees, 4,000 stand by employees. The mission statement very simple: prepare, respond, help, recover, reduce risk. How does it do it? By coordinating with state and local entities and other groups The Salvation Army, Red Cross, dedicated to helping the needy when disaster strikes.

Hume: So FEMA is relatively, it isn't very labor intensive it mostly works through other agencies?

Garrett: It works through other agencies. But it has been moved into the Department of Homeland Security. And in this crisis, It is a bit a victim of its own bureaucratic boastfulness. Earlier this year the new national response plan released by the Department of Homeland Security promised this - "seemless integration of the federal government when an incident exceeds local and state capabilities." In the minds of many Americans, this one did. And FEMA, at least initially, in the minds of some, did not respond enough.

Hume: The words seamless don't exactly spring to mind. But look, they are down there, The Red Cross, for example, is there.

Garrett: Standing by, ready.

Hume: Standing by, ready. Why didn't FEMA send The Red Cross into New Orleans when we had all of the people there on that bridge overpass and elsewhere. Why not?

Garrett: First of all, no jurisdiction. FEMA works with The Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other organizations but it has no control to order them to go one place or the other. Secondarily, The Red Cross was ready. I 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 convention center. Why weren't they there? The Louisiana Department of Homeland Security told them they could not go.

Hume: This is isn't the Louisiana branch of the federal Homeland Security? This is --

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 convention center, we want to get them out. So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water? The Red Cross was standing by ready, the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go.

Hume: FEMA does, presumably at some point, have some jurisdiction over some military forces. Of course, the first responders there are the National Guard. Why didn't FEMA send the National Guard in? You heard that cry from many people.

Garrett: FEMA does not have jurisdictional control over any state's National Guard, only the governor does. The governor in this case, Kathleen Blanco, A democrat, did use the Louisiana National Guard for some purposes, did not deploy them in massive numbers initially and they were not used to move any of these relief organizations in and they could have been for the very same reason I talked about earlier, the state decided they didn't want the relief organizations where the people needed it most because they wanted those people to get out.

Hume: But even today we know that Governor Blanco has now decided that a mandatory evacuation may not be necessarily after all. But we can go into that later. What about the use by her of the National Guard to impose law and order during the early looting and all of that?

Garrett: She had a choice, as I am told. She could have taken up the offer from FEMA to federalize all of the activities in Louisiana, meaning that FEMA would be in control of everything. Not only law enforcement, but everything else. She declined to give them that authority. So essentially FEMA was trapped between two bureaucracies. One the Department Of Homeland Security where many of its decisions have to be reviewed and in some cases approved, and a recalcitrant state bureaucracy that wasn't going to give them the authority they needed to make things happen, among them, the National Guard.

Hume: What about this evacuation problem? It's clearly was something that New Orleans faced, knew it faced to some extent.

Garrett: And the city [sic] of Louisiana. They have a whole plan that contemplates dealing with an evacuation in the effect of a hurricane three, four or five. Their own plan says, 100,000 residents minimum from the New Orleans area will have to be evacuated. This plan makes it clear ...

Hume: You mean, can't get out on their own.

Garrett: These people will have not have their own vehicles. Not only that, It stipulate that these people are disproportionately poor, sick and in need of special transportation assistance. Brit, I think in these circumstances, bureaucratic language is important. Let's go to this. This is what the state says: "the Department of Health and Hospitals has the primary responsibility for providing medical coordination for all of the special-needs populations, i.e. hospital and nursing home patients, persons on home health care, elderly persons and other persons with physical or mental disabilities." Brit, I don't think you can come up with a better description of the people we saw, day in and day out, at the Superdome and the convention center, than this very population that the state's own plan said needed to be transported to a safe place and provided services.

Hume: Apparently no plan, no provision, no facility for doing that.

Garrett: No facility for doing that. Not only that, those who reviewed the plans the state put together before were critical of it. In 2002 the New Orleans Times Picayune had a whole story about this saying no one believes the evacuation plans are possible, feasible or will be carried out. They proved to be accurate.

Hume: It sounds like the state will have much to answer for in the investigation coming before Congress as well as the federal government.

Garrett: It appears to be.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: cary; fema; gop; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; rnc

1 posted on 09/07/2005 8:00:17 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189

Please Demo-Rats keep pushing this! I want to see YOUR levee break soon.


2 posted on 09/07/2005 8:02:53 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: RWR8189

Sorry I missed it. It does answer some questions.


3 posted on 09/07/2005 8:04:28 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Death to Islamo-Fascists ...)
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To: CommieCutter

Blanco and Witt have no clothes.


4 posted on 09/07/2005 8:05:15 PM PDT by WoodstockCat (General Honore: "The storm gets a vote... We're not stuck on stupid.")
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To: WoodstockCat

If you're a DU-Rat and watch ABC : you'll never see it.


5 posted on 09/07/2005 8:06:15 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: RWR8189

This was great! And quite an indictment on the city and state folks. I'm convinced that the hue and cry against Bush by these folks was prompted by their knowledge that they screwed up big time.


6 posted on 09/07/2005 8:06:50 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: RWR8189
if the RATS keep pushing for a commission... bring it on!!

it's going to be their biggest disaster yet!
All this commission will show is the utter failure of the RAT Governor and Mayor!!! .....oh and it might even find out where millions of federal dollars to the state of Louisiana went....
7 posted on 09/07/2005 8:17:38 PM PDT by fhlh (.)
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To: RWR8189; jan in Colorado; Dark Skies; Former Dodger; mother22wife21

8 posted on 09/07/2005 8:20:14 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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To: RWR8189

looking for this all night


9 posted on 09/07/2005 8:22:17 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: RWR8189

How do you spread 2500 employees over 90,000 square miles of devastation and expect everyone to have immediate access to a FEMA employee?


10 posted on 09/07/2005 8:26:46 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Fred Nerks

You should upfate the photos to show the positions of where the Red Cross was located that was prevented access to Superdome and city.


11 posted on 09/07/2005 8:29:55 PM PDT by RTINSC
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To: RTINSC

Hey, I'm in Australia, I am an Aussie, I explained I 'pinched' this graphic from another thread...maybe you can do it?


12 posted on 09/07/2005 8:31:47 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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To: RTINSC

whoops, sorry, that explanation was on another thread.


13 posted on 09/07/2005 8:33:04 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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To: Fred Nerks

Nice! I hadn't seen that.


14 posted on 09/07/2005 8:40:10 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: potlatch

Worth reading


15 posted on 09/07/2005 9:32:01 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: ntnychik

Thanks for the ping. I watched his show today but it's good to see it all written out and read through it again. Brit is really being strong every day on bringing out the truth!


16 posted on 09/07/2005 9:43:20 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: RWR8189

Just caught this on the re-broadcast...freakin' amazing what the 'rats are trying to get away with!!!!!!
Blanco, Nagin, Hillary, Pelosi, Schumer....etc, etc, your Levees just broke!!


17 posted on 09/07/2005 9:43:53 PM PDT by FlashBack (www.teamamericapac.org)
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To: FlashBack

Like you, I just saw it on the rebroadcast.

I hope they drag Major Garrett into the Investigative Committee and let him spill his guts.


18 posted on 09/07/2005 9:48:59 PM PDT by Iowa Granny (Feeling BLESSED to live in Tornado Alley)
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To: RWR8189

The public must be educated about states rights. They are woefully unaware of how our government is supposed to function after eight years of the Clinton Gore regime.


19 posted on 09/07/2005 9:50:38 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftist=Anti American!)
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To: RWR8189

20 posted on 09/07/2005 9:54:25 PM PDT by DocRock (Osama said, "We love death, the U.S. loves life, that is the main difference between us.")
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To: Fred Nerks
I'm up for a 2 am feeding, and I appreciate the 'pinched' ( :D )graphic.

While the few words used are needed for orientation, it is TRULY worth a thousand. Especially given the same thousand almost every democrat that opens their mouths or strikes a key keeps using.

21 posted on 09/07/2005 10:40:24 PM PDT by mother22wife21 ("We ain't stuck on stupid," General Honore said. "We don't place troops in the eye of a hurricane.)
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To: Fred Nerks

bttt


22 posted on 09/07/2005 11:46:43 PM PDT by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: Fred Nerks

Are you sure on the dates, that was Wednesday August 31, the day after the levy break


23 posted on 09/07/2005 11:48:44 PM PDT by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: ladyinred
The public must be educated about states rights

Absolutely.

And yet Fred Barnes raised a compelling point on Brit's Special Report Wednesday, saying that states cannot be allowed to have the power to veto life-saving measures in emergencies. He said, as we all know, that the current system works very well if you have a Giuliani or a Haley Barbour [sp?]or a Jeb Bush as governor. But when you have someone who resists [common sense], there has to be a back-up plan.

24 posted on 09/07/2005 11:52:56 PM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

http://www.blindmanphoto.com/images/Stop-Blaming-FEMA.jpg

I'm sorry, I copied this graphic from another thread and can't find the original poster although I have tried...


25 posted on 09/07/2005 11:54:25 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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To: RWR8189
Garrett: No facility for doing that. Not only that, those who reviewed the plans the state put together before were critical of it. In 2002 the New Orleans Times Picayune had a whole story about this saying no one believes the evacuation plans are possible, feasible or will be carried out. They proved to be accurate.

LMAO, the Democrat editors at the New Orleans Times Picayune seem to have as big a hypocrisy problem as the New York Times. And that ain't easy.

26 posted on 09/07/2005 11:54:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: RWR8189

I saw this, twice, but many thanks for posting the transcript! I've bookmarked it and I'm certain others will as well.


27 posted on 09/07/2005 11:56:53 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Found it!


The pictures were taken on August 31st @ 10:00am.

255 posted on 09/09/2005 12:56:14 PM PDT by BushCountry

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1481211/posts?q=1&&page=251


28 posted on 09/09/2005 4:17:38 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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