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March 1, 2006

AP releases pre-Katrina situation room footage

Filed under: DHS News,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on March 1, 2006

From the Associated Press:

Six days of footage and transcripts obtained by The Associated Press show in excruciating detail that while federal officials anticipated the tragedy that unfolded in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, they were fatally slow to realize they had not mustered enough resources to deal with the unprecedented disaster.

Linked by secure video, Bush’s bravado on Aug. 29 starkly contrasts with the dire warnings his disaster chief and a cacophony of federal, state and local officials provided during the four days before the storm.

There’s also a short clip with some of the footage at the link.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 2, 2006 @ 4:08 am

Again the miscreant in the whole levee failure issue was and is the USACOE. They have statutory mandates to inspect and ensure that private or state and local levee systems that tie into mainstem levees are protected during high water. This was not done but the USACOE has done another superb job of after-the-fact construction to cover up their lack of pre-diaster non-structural mitigation. Will mainstem Mississippi river flooding in the next decade make all these efforts for nought?

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Comment by Brian Duffy

March 2, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

I heard Brown on the “Laura Ingram’s Show” this morning and it looks like Bush was doing what one expected, but more over the tapes show that Brown was in control. This was supported by George Stephanopoulos this morning on “Good Morning America.”

This is more anti-Bush bashing promulgated by the MSM, however after careful examination of the tape proves they are once again wrong…but so it goes. The MSM does not write about news events for us, they write stories for themselves and their little world contained in the beltway.

This is a non-story once again.

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