September 27, 2005


C-SPAN is running a replay of former FEMA Director Mike Brown's testimony before a congressional committee today, notable in that Brown is not taking criticism meekly and is instead shooting back with a detailed account of the indecision and ineptitude of New Orleans Mayor Nagen and Governor Kathleen Blanco. (Particularly galling is that his questioners includes Congressman William Jefferson, D-LA, who finagled the use of National Guard assets early in the recovery to make a trip to his house for him to haul off some of his own stuff. The first truck got stuck, a second one was called in, and a helicopter wound up getting involved. Great use of government resources in a crisis.)

Posted by LMC at September 27, 2005 09:10 PM | TrackBack

Yes he does seem to be aggresively defending himself. Unfortunately he is lying when he does it.

Transcript blaming Blanco:

BUYER: So I’d like to know why did the president’s federal emergency assistance declaration of August 27th not include the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines?
BROWN: …[I]f a governor does not request a particular county or a particular parish, that’s not included in the request.

BUYER: All right.

Orleans Parish is New Orleans. I was listening to my colleague, Mr. Jefferson’s, questions about when they talked about, you know, they asked for this assistance for three days and then president responded the very next day, not the day that it was made — the request — but the governor of Louisiana actually excluded New Orleans from the president’s federal emergency assistance declaration?

BROWN: Again, Congressman, we looked at the request.The governors make the request by…

BUYER: Let me ask this. Since you went through the exercise in Pam, was that not shocking to you that the governor would excluded New Orleans from the declaration?


BUYER: When that request came in excluding these three parishes, did you question it?

BROWN: We questioned it. But I made the decision that we were going to go ahead and move assets in regardless because we have the ability to add those parishes…

Actual request for aid from Blanco:

August 27, 2005

The President
The White House
Washington, D. C.

Regional Director
FEMA Region VI
800 North Loop 288
Denton, Texas 76209

Dear Mr. President:

Under the provisions of Section 501 (a) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.35, I request that you declare an emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina for the time period beginning August 26, 2005, and continuing. The affected areas are all the southeastern parishes including the New Orleans Metropolitan area and the mid state Interstate I-49 corridor and northern parishes along the I-20 corridor that are accepting the thousands of citizens evacuating from the areas expecting to be flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

In response to the situation I have taken appropriate action under State law and directed the execution of the State Emergency Plan on August 26, 2005 in accordance with Section 501 (a) of the Stafford Act. A State of Emergency has been issued for the State in order to support the evacuations of the coastal areas in accordance with our State Evacuation Plan and the remainder of the state to support the State Special Needs and Sheltering Plan. [snip]

He is in full liar mode...

Posted by: LB buddy at September 28, 2005 10:51 AM