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Friday, February 10, 2006

Giving new meaning to the words 'criminally negligent,'

Remember this, which happened early last August 29? [To help refresh your memory, that was a Monday.]



The broken 17th St levee in New Orleans on Aug 29.
[Photo: Marty Bahamonde/FEMA]


And remember this photo, taken on Tuesday, while Dubya was still on vacation?


Didn't he have anything more important to do?

Dubya on Aug 30, strumming while the Big Easy filled with flood water.
[Photo: Martha Raddatz/AP/ABC News]


And remember how Dubya said that same day that New Orleans had 'dodged the bullet,' and escaped Hurricane Katrina without the levees breaking?

Well, the prez wasn't just wrong — he was ignorant of facts that had already reached the White House. According to the NY Times, news of the broken levees reached Washington that Monday evening, and had made it to the White House by midnight.

[According to congressional investigators,] Federal Emergency Management Agency official, Marty Bahamonde, first heard of a major levee breach Monday morning. By late Monday afternoon, Mr. Bahamonde had hitched a ride on a Coast Guard helicopter over the breach at the 17th Street Canal to confirm the extensive flooding. He then telephoned his report to FEMA headquarters in Washington, which notified the Homeland Security Department.

"FYI from FEMA," said an e-mail message from the agency's public affairs staff describing the helicopter flight, sent Monday night at 9:27 to the chief of staff of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and recently unearthed by investigators. Conditions, the message said, "are far more serious than media reports are currently reflecting. Finding extensive flooding and more stranded people than they had thought ..."

Michael D. Brown, who was the director of FEMA until he resigned under pressure on Sept. 12, said in a telephone interview Thursday that he personally notified the White House of this news that night, though he declined to identify the official he spoke to.

White House officials have confirmed to Congressional investigators that the report of the levee break arrived there at midnight ...

Despite this, Dubya and Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff were claiming for days that the levees broke on Tuesday, not on Monday.

I'm speechless.

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