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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Jerkoff Responds

Gestapo Director Michael Chertoff "answered" questions on the White House web site. I submitted one, which unfortunately I didn't think to save. But it was pretty much along the lines of the question asked here:
Susan, from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina writes:
The country knew that Katrina was going to make landfall again. There was time to prepare, to get people out who had no means of their own to leave the targeted area. Why didn't the government act at that time and mobilize buses, trains and planes then? Why didn't we as a country do anything POSSIBLE to decrease the number of people left in harm's way?

Michael Chertoff
Federal, state and local governments took extraordinary steps to warn citizens and prepare local communities prior to Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. Advance response and recovery equipment was pre-staged and ready for deployment to immediately respond to state and local requests for help. Prior to Hurricane Katrina’s landfall earlier this week, FEMA Director Mike Brown arrived to coordinate advance support and work with state and local officials to advise citizens and prepare local communities.

FEMA mobilized resources, pre-positioned equipment, and staged personnel and supplies prior to the impact of the storm to ensure needed assistance and supplies would be quickly available to respond to requests for aid. Emergency supplies including water, ice, MREs (meals-ready-to-eat), tarps and plastic sheeting were pre-staged throughout the Gulf Coast region to ensure immediate deployment to damaged areas. At the end of the day, even though we pre-positioned a massive amount of resources, we have still struggled to deploy these resources due to the incredibly difficult operating environment posed by the hurricane and the massive flooding.

This remains one of the largest search and rescue operations in United States history. The U.S. Coast Guard pre-positioned helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft prior to Hurricane Katrina’s landfall to support response activities. Since then, the U.S. Coast Guard has rescued nearly 3,000 individuals.

We recognize the need to move fast and we are working tirelessly to get to those in need.
Notice how Jerkoff in no way answers Susan's question. She asked why the Gestapo and other agencies didn't assist people in getting out of New Orleans before the storm. Jerkoff had no answer, so like all sleazebag politicians he answered the question he wished Susan had asked. The truth seems appallingly obvious--none of the authorities, especially the Bushies, cared about the fate of the poor people of New Orleans. They knew the big one would come, they knew there were tens of thousands of people without cars, and they provided them with no way out (and still haven't, really).