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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Mounting evidence

As I posted yesterday, information over Katrina's aftermath is slow in coming. But it's trickling through.
On Hugh Hewitt's show this evening, Fox News Channel's Major Garrett came forth with this mind-blowing info that the Red Cross was denied access to the Superdome by the State of Louisiana. They did not want to attract evacuees to the Superdome. They wanted to encourage them to leave the city.

And ABC News is also dripping the lede that the local authorities hampered the recovery.

There's no question the federal government plays a major role in disaster relief. But federal officials say in order to get involved, they must first be asked to do so by state officials.

As one FEMA official told ABC News, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco failed to submit a request for help in a timely manner.

Shortly before Katrina hit, she sent President Bush a request asking for shelter and provisions, but didn't specifically ask for help with evacuations. One aide to the governor told ABC News today Blanco thought city officials were taking care of the evacuation.

If stories like this continue to splash across the Internet and the other news outlets, Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman are bound to be sorely disappointed. (I'd like to provide links to those stories, but my connection is pathetically slow again tonight. What in the world is going on? Is America under cyber attack?)


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