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    from yahoo.com

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050927/ap_on_...HNlYwMlJVRPUCUl



    He also said that in the days before the storm, he expressed his concerns that "this is going to be a bad one" in phone conversations and e-mails with President Bush, White House chief of staff Andy Card and deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin.

    And he blamed the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for not acquiring better equipment ahead of the storm.

    His efforts to shift blame drew sharp criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.

    "I'm happy you left," said Rep. Christopher Shays (news, bio, voting record), R-Conn. "That kind of look in the lights like a deer tells me you weren't capable of doing that job."

    Rep. Gene Taylor (news, bio, voting record), D-Miss., told Brown: "The disconnect was, people thought there was some federal expertise out there. There wasn't. Not from you."

    Brown appeared before a special congressional panel set up by House Republican leaders to investigate the catastrophe.

    "My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional," two days before the storm hit, Brown told the panel.

    Brown, who for many became a symbol of government failures in the natural disaster that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, rejected accusations that he was too inexperienced for the job.

    "I've overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters. I know what I'm doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it," he said.

    Brown resigned as the head of FEMA earlier this month after being removed by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff from responsibility in the stricken areas. Brown will remain on the FEMA payroll for two more weeks, advising the agency, said Russ Knocke, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.

    Brown, who joined FEMA in 2001 and ran it for more than two years, was previously an attorney who held several local government and private posts, including leading the International Arabian Horse Association.

    Brown's testimony drew a scathing response from Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record), D-La.

    "I find it absolutely stunning that this hearing would start out with you, Mr. Brown, laying the blame for FEMA's failings at the feet of the governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans."

    And in a testy exchange, Shays compared Brown's performance unfavorably with that of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    "So I guess you want me to be the superhero, to step in there and take everyone out of New Orleans," Brown said.

    "What I wanted you to do is do your job and coordinate," Shays retorted.



    "I'm happy to be called not a Rudy Giuliani...a scapegoat ... if it means that FEMA that I knew when I came here is going to be able to be reborn," Brown said.

    Criticized by Shays for not acquiring better equipment in advance that would have let different emergency agencies communicate with each other, Brown blamed the Department of Homeland Security.

    "We put that money in our budget request and it was removed by the Department of Homeland Security" before the budget was finalized, he said.

    Brown also said he was "just tired and misspoke" when a television interviewer appeared to be the first to tell him that there were desperate residents at the New Orleans Convention Center.

    Brown testified that he had already learned, one day before the interview, that people were flocking to the center.

    Brown in his opening statement said he had made several "specific mistakes" in dealing with the storm, and listed two.

    One, he said, was not having more media briefings.

    As to the other, he said: "I very strongly personally regret that I was unable to persuade Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin to sit down, get over their differences, and work together. I just couldn't pull that off."

    Both Blanco and Nagin are Democrats.

    In Baton Rouge, La., Blanco's press secretary, Denise Bottcher, ridiculed Brown's line of attack. "Mike Brown wasn't engaged then, and he surely isn't now. He should have been watching CNN instead of the Disney Channel," Bottcher said.

    "The people of FEMA are being tired of being beat up, and they don't deserve it," Brown said.

    The hearing was largely boycotted by Democrats, who want an independent investigation conducted into government failures, not one run by congressional Republicans.

    But several Democrats from the stricken region, including Jefferson and Taylor, attended.

    Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., cautioned against too narrowly assigning blame.

    "At the end of the day, I suspect that we'll find that government at all levels failed the people of Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama and the Gulf Coast," said Davis.

    He pushed Brown on what he and the agency he led should have done to evacuate New Orleans, restore order in the city and improve communication among law enforcement agencies.

    Brown said: "Those are not FEMA roles. FEMA doesn't evacuate communities. FEMA does not do law enforcement. FEMA does not do communications."

    In part of his testimony, Brown pumped his hand up and down for emphasis.

    Brown said the lack of a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans before the storm was "the tipping point for all the other things that went wrong." Brown said he had personally pushed Louisiana Gov. Blanco to order such an evacuation.

    He did not have the authority to order the city evacuated on his own, Brown said. When asked by Rep. Harold Rogers (news, bio, voting record), R-Ky, whether the lack of an ordered evacuation was "the proximate cause of most people's misery," Brown said, "Yes."
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  • #2
    Of course - he could still be right -
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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    • #3
      QUOTE(Schwahalala @ Sep 27 2005, 11:51 AM) Quoted post

      Brown, who joined FEMA in 2001 and ran it for more than two years, was previously an attorney who held several local government and private posts, including leading the International Arabian Horse Association.
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      No wonder Bush gave him the FEMA post.

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      • #4
        QUOTE(Schwahalala @ Sep 27 2005, 12:54 PM) Quoted post

        Of course - he could still be right -
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        It sounds like Chertoff hindered Brownie.
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        • #5
          Guess what?

          Brownie is still with FEMA as a paid consultant. Consulting on FEMA what went wrong.

          Cronyism at its finest.

          han solo

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          • #6
            It sounds like it's something everyone needs to learn from. The local.state.feds included.

            I think the key factor here is that the hurricane itself did relatively little damage. It was the flooding the next day that made it horrible.

            The focus should be on that day.

            What happened and how can we prevent it from happening again. It being the lack of evacuation when the water started.

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            • #7
              Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency supposed to manage emergencies? Give me a break, 'superhero' Brown.
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              • #8
                QUOTE(hansolo @ Sep 27 2005, 01:03 PM) Quoted post

                Guess what?

                Brownie is still with FEMA as a paid consultant. Consulting on FEMA what went wrong.

                Cronyism at its finest.

                han solo
                [/b][/quote]

                And he's being investigated by a partisan committee.
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                • #9
                  Fact is, he is right. And to have Rep. Jefferson, the thief, criticizing him is pretty funny.

                  Everybody fucked up in the Katrina disaster. None of them can wash the dirt off.

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Moon Man @ Sep 27 2005, 12:09 PM) Quoted post

                    Fact is, he is right. And to have Rep. Jefferson, the thief, criticizing him is pretty funny.

                    Everybody fucked up in the Katrina disaster. None of them can wash the dirt off.

                    Moon
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(Moon Man @ Sep 27 2005, 12:09 PM) Quoted post

                      Fact is, he is right. And to have Rep. Jefferson, the thief, criticizing him is pretty funny.

                      Everybody fucked up in the Katrina disaster. None of them can wash the dirt off.

                      Moon
                      [/b][/quote]

                      Wasn't Jefferson the guy that had the National Guard take him to his home shortly after the flood (i.e. during rescue operations) so that he could retrieve some of his personal belongings?

                      As for Brown and whether his testimony is accurate, only time will tell. I'm surprised though that more democrats didn't show up. It was a free pass to go off on Brownie.
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                      Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(FAR52 @ Sep 27 2005, 11:12 AM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(Moon Man @ Sep 27 2005, 12:09 PM) Quoted post

                        Fact is, he is right. And to have Rep. Jefferson, the thief, criticizing him is pretty funny.

                        Everybody fucked up in the Katrina disaster. None of them can wash the dirt off.

                        Moon
                        [/b][/quote]

                        Wasn't Jefferson the guy that had the National Guard take him to his home shortly after the flood (i.e. during rescue operations) so that he could retrieve some of his personal belongings?

                        [/b][/quote]

                        Yes. And he was under investigation at the time, so some think he went to obtain evidence from his home that might have been used against him.

                        Moon

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(Moon Man @ Sep 27 2005, 12:13 PM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(FAR52 @ Sep 27 2005, 11:12 AM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(Moon Man @ Sep 27 2005, 12:09 PM) Quoted post

                          Fact is, he is right. And to have Rep. Jefferson, the thief, criticizing him is pretty funny.

                          Everybody fucked up in the Katrina disaster. None of them can wash the dirt off.

                          Moon
                          [/b][/quote]

                          Wasn't Jefferson the guy that had the National Guard take him to his home shortly after the flood (i.e. during rescue operations) so that he could retrieve some of his personal belongings?

                          [/b][/quote]

                          Yes. And he was under investigation at the time, so some think he went to obtain evidence from his home that might have been used against him.

                          Moon
                          [/b][/quote]

                          What a tool. If I recall correctly, the vehicle the Guard used to help Jefferson retrieve his items got stuck in his front yard and they, along with Jefferson, had to be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter that was engaged in rescue operations at the time. Classic.
                          "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

                          Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

                          "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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