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  • The Blame Game: Why Blanco is at fault, not Bush and Nagin.

    Hurricane Katrina is possibly the most catastrophic natural disaster in documented American history, and the second large-scale civilian tragedy during President Bush's Administration. While the country united following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States has been quick to start the "Blame Game" after the devastating Hurricane Katrina struck land. President Bush, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin are the three elected officials in charge during the hurricane, and all three have received harsh criticisms during the disaster. In truth, Governor Blanco deserves almost all of the criticism. President Bush and Mayor Nagin took most of the necessary action, while Blanco failed her state and her country.

    Criticism has been put on President Bush's shoulders for not deploying military personal soon enough into the New Orleans region. However, this blame should be put on Governor Blanco and not the President. This situation falls under the Posse Comitatus Act. Under the Posse Comitatus Act, federal military force cannot be used with support of local law enforcement unless requested by the state Governor. In Louisiana, that request did not come from the Governor until September 2. This was literally days after Mayor Nagin petitioned the Governor for federal support during the murder, rape, and looting that occurred in the area.

    Govenor Blanco issued a mandatory evacuation order on August 28, yet provided almost no transportation methods for the poor, sick, and elderly to get out of the city. Some buses were used to evacuate people into the New Orleans Superdome, yet many were left stranded with no forms of transportation. The Louisiana document to evacuate civilian populations clearly states,

    "The authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane is conferred to the Governor by Louisiana Statute. The Governor is granted the power to direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from a stricken or threatened area within the State, if he deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response or recovery. The same power to order an evacuation conferred upon the Governor is also delegated to each political subdivision of the State by Executive Order. This authority empowers the chief elected official of New Orleans, the Mayor of New Orleans, to order the evacuation of the parish residents threatened by an approaching hurricane."

    Governors of other states have been surprised that Louisiana did not request their National Guard units before the Hurricane struck. When Katrina hit land, there was only 723 National Guard personal in the area who were from out-of-state.

    President Bush has been criticized for cutting funding for the levee that broke when Hurricane Katrina hit land. In fact, the proposed Levee was only designed to prevent a break from a Category 3 Hurricane, not the massive Category 4 that struck New Orleans. Even if Bush fully funded the proposed levee (which was cut down during the Clinton Administration as well) it would not have prevented a break from a Hurricane the size of Katrina's.

    Hurricane Katrina was a huge disaster to New Orleans and a shock to America, yet many faults were on the Governor while the President received most of the criticism.

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    Although no response to this article I wrote was given, I want to thank you all for the positive reps.

    Also, I know MANY people on this board hate me and left me negative reps without leaving their name. If you have any honor, you should give good reps for posting an intelligent argument. Although I disagree with people like Rainstorm, Payne, Whereismarshall, PassitOn, Mgenev (sometimes), Groupie, Un-American, Keg, Bely, Kyle, and others, I have always left you all positive rep points when you post intelligent arguments. Just because I disagree with you, does not mean you neg-rep me like Ninja or some of the other idiots on here.

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    • #3
      Good to see you back on the green side

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      • #4
        Great post! Altough I believe the city officals should of followed there own evacuation plan! but yeah Blanco fucked up! Reps given!
        GoodGameTV.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by StereoType
          "blame should be put on Governor Blanco and not the President. This situation falls under the Posse Comitatus Act. Under the Posse Comitatus Act, federal military force cannot be used with support of local law enforcement unless requested by the state Governor. In Louisiana, that request did not come from the Governor until September 2."
          Governor's August 28 request for assistance
          Raw Story


          The following is a letter written to President George W. Bush, and publicly released, by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco on August 27, 2005. On August 28, authorities told residents to leave the city of New Orleans. The next morning, Katrina struck in Louisiana. By August 30, an estimated 80% of the city was underwater. See timeline.

          On September 4, The Washington Post claimed that Federal authorities blamed Blanco for failure to react and slow response time, reporting that the Bush Administration had asked the Governor to hand authority over to them on the evening of September 2, five days after people were told to leave New Orleans, and four days after the hurricane hit Louisiana. Accusations of slow response have also come in from pundits (like Bill O'Reilly), and an e-mail that is reportedly calling for the Governor's impeachment.

          Text of the Governor's letter, sent August 28, follows. (Note: The letter below, which was copied by Raw Story from an Aug. 27th press release, was updated before being sent to the President on Aug. 28th. The changes were based on new information regarding Katrina's severity and path, and included even more substantial requests for Federal assistance. The updated version can be viewed by going here. --PassItOn)

          August 28, 2005

          The President The White House Washington, D. C.

          Through: 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.

          Pursuant to 44 CFR § 206.35, I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster. I am specifically requesting emergency protective measures, direct Federal Assistance, Individual and Household Program (IHP) assistance, Special Needs Program assistance, and debris removal.

          Preliminary estimates of the types and amount of emergency assistance needed under the Stafford Act, and emergency assistance from certain Federal agencies under other statutory authorities are tabulated in Enclosure A.

          The following information is furnished on the nature and amount of State and local resources that have been or will be used to alleviate the conditions of this emergency: • Department of Social Services (DSS): Opening (3) Special Need Shelters (SNS) and establishing (3) on Standby. • Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH): Opening (3) Shelters and establishing (3) on Standby. • Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP): Providing generators and support staff for SNS and Public Shelters. • Louisiana State Police (LSP): Providing support for the phased evacuation of the coastal areas. • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (WLF): Supporting the evacuation of the affected population and preparing for Search and Rescue Missions.

          Mr. President Page Two August 28, 2005

          • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD): Coordinating traffic flow and management of the evacuations routes with local officials and the State of Mississippi.

          The following information is furnished on efforts and resources of other Federal agencies, which have been or will be used in responding to this incident:

          • FEMA ERT-A Team en-route.

          I certify that for this emergency, the State and local governments will assume all applicable non-Federal share of costs required by the Stafford Act.

          I request Direct Federal assistance for work and services to save lives and protect property.

          (a) List any reasons State and local government cannot perform or contract for performance, (if applicable).

          Specify the type of assistance requested.

          In accordance with 44 CFR § 206.208, the State of Louisiana agrees that it will, with respect to Direct Federal assistance:

          1. Provide without cost to the United States all lands, easement, and rights-of-ways necessary to accomplish the approved work.

          2. Hold and save the United States free from damages due to the requested work, and shall indemnify the Federal Government against any claims arising from such work;

          3. Provide reimbursement to FEMA for the non-Federal share of the cost of such work in accordance with the provisions of the FEMA-State Agreement; and

          4. Assist the performing Federal agency in all support and local jurisdictional matters.

          In addition, I anticipate the need for debris removal, which poses an immediate threat to lives, public health, and safety.

          Pursuant to Sections 502 and 407 of the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5192 & 5173, the State agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the United States of America for any claims arising from the removal of debris or wreckage for this disaster. The State agrees that debris removal from public and private property will not occur until the landowner signs an unconditional authorization for the removal of debris.

          I have designated Mr. Art Jones as the State Coordinating Officer for this request. He will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in damage assessments and may provide further information or justification on my behalf.

          Sincerely,

          Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Governor Enclosure

          ENCLOSURE A TO EMERGENCY REQUEST

          Estimated requirements for other Federal agency programs:

          • Department of Social Services (DSS): Opening (3) Special Need Shelters (SNS) and establishing (3) on Standby. Costs estimated at $500,000 per week for each in operation.

          • Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH): Opening (3) Shelters and establishing (3) on Standby. Costs estimated at $500,000 per week for each in operation.

          • Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP): Providing generators and support staff for SNS and Public Shelters. Costs estimated to range from $250,000-$500,000 to support (6) Shelter generator operations.

          • Louisiana State Police (LSP): Costs to support evacuations - $300,000 for a non-direct landfall.

          • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (WLF): Costs to support evacuations - $200,000 for a non-direct landfall.

          • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD): Costs to support evacuations - $2,000,000 for a non-direct landfall.

          Totals: $ 9,000,000

          Estimated Requirements for assistance under the Stafford Act:

          Coordination: $0

          Technical and advisory assistance: $0

          Debris removal: $0

          Emergency protective measures: $ 9,000,000

          Individuals and Households Program (IHP): $0

          Distribution of emergency supplies: $0

          Other (specify): $0

          Totals: $ 9,000,000

          Grand Total: $ 9,000,000
          "When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny."
          --Thomas Jefferson

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StereoType
            Although no response to this article I wrote was given, I want to thank you all for the positive reps.

            Also, I know MANY people on this board hate me and left me negative reps without leaving their name. If you have any honor, you should give good reps for posting an intelligent argument. Although I disagree with people like Rainstorm, Payne, Whereismarshall, PassitOn, Mgenev (sometimes), Groupie, Un-American, Keg, Bely, Kyle, and others, I have always left you all positive rep points when you post intelligent arguments. Just because I disagree with you, does not mean you neg-rep me like Ninja or some of the other idiots on here.
            I dont think I've ever negatively repped you to date, but here is some positive to counter the others.
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            Originally posted by reservoirGod
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