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Fed memos put Katrina body blame on Blanco
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Posted on 10/28/2005 8:08:44 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Fed Memos Put Katrina Body Blame on Blanco

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer 29 minutes ago

Bodies of people killed by Hurricane Katrina went uncollected for more than a week in the New Orleans area as the federal government waited for Louisiana's governor to decide what to do with them, according to memos released Thursday by a Republican-led House committee.

The 38 pages of e-mail between FEMA representatives and Pentagon officials contradict the contention by Louisiana's Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco, two weeks after Katrina hit on Aug. 29, that the federal government was moving too slowly to recover the bodies.

They also underscore ongoing political tensions between the Republican Bush administration and Democratic state and local officials over the botched response to Katrina, which killed more than 1,000 people in Louisiana. They were released by a House panel that many Democrats have shunned, chaired by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., that is investigating the government's sluggish preparations and reaction to the storm.

The memos indicate that morgues were not ready to receive bodies until Sept. 7 — two days after the first memo complaining about Blanco's inaction, and nine days after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast.

"Number 1 issue is body collection," Army Col. John J. Jordan, the military assistant to former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown, wrote in a Sept. 5 e-mail to various Pentagon officials.

"This issue must be addressed, and frankly, there is operations paralysis at this point," Jordan wrote. "FEMA is pushing state to see what they want to do, and indications are that governor is involved in some of the decisions," especially regarding burial.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
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1 posted on 10/28/2005 8:08:45 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I'm shocked!


2 posted on 10/28/2005 8:13:11 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Sub-Driver

Think this will make MSM?


3 posted on 10/28/2005 8:19:04 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: Sub-Driver

Hoodathunk??? Give us a break -- we knew this from day one. And don't forget the corrupt, stupid liberal mayor, as well.


4 posted on 10/28/2005 8:21:48 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: zot

Ping.


5 posted on 10/28/2005 8:23:00 AM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why is it taking so long for this to come out?


6 posted on 10/28/2005 8:26:26 AM PDT by gondramB
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To: Sub-Driver

Blanco was probably too busy filling out the absebtee voters card for the deceased.


7 posted on 10/28/2005 8:29:46 AM PDT by pikachu (You're unique and special -- just like everyone else.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What's really interesting is that the reporter is trying very hard to make this a political R-vs.-D issue.


8 posted on 10/28/2005 8:32:50 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: gondramB
"Finger pointing does not provide answers to grieving relatives," said Thompson, D-Miss.

Unless the finger is pointed at Bush is what the puke means.

9 posted on 10/28/2005 8:33:48 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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" Unless the finger is pointed at Bush is what the puke means."

Yes, you got the disgrace to America, unfortunately from my city, Cynthia McKinney asking why the head of homeland security shouldn't be charged with murdering black folks and and a peep from the dems about how she shouldn't be pointing fingers.


10 posted on 10/28/2005 8:37:09 AM PDT by gondramB
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To: Sub-Driver
Proving once again, when folks elect incompetent assholes into public office - they place their lives and corpses at risk...

Proving also - that a significant minority of voters are literally too stupid to make important decision for themselves, to say nothing of for the rest of the nation..

Universal suffrage was a horrible mistake..
The "vote" should be earned, not inherited by the blood of those that fought to provide that privilege.

Semper Fi
11 posted on 10/28/2005 8:37:16 AM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Don't forget that sleazeball NO mayor Joe Nagin. All those school buses underwater that he could have used to evacuate the people.


12 posted on 10/28/2005 8:48:05 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Sub-Driver
Well duh!!!!

I could have told them that from the get go.

13 posted on 10/28/2005 8:54:20 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Sub-Driver

Me-Maw's tanked.

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/gill/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1130509156106630.xml


14 posted on 10/28/2005 8:56:01 AM PDT by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Sub-Driver
A hilarious article on another thread about Blanko...

here

15 posted on 10/28/2005 8:56:45 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: r9etb
What's really interesting is that the reporter is trying very hard to make this a political R-vs.-D issue.

I noticed that, too. The reporter wasn't very subtle about it, either.

16 posted on 10/28/2005 8:59:51 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Sub-Driver

"Deer-in-headlights Blanco Bump!"


17 posted on 10/28/2005 9:26:39 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping. This is the least of the many things she screwed up. Hopefully, this committee will disclose the rest of them.


18 posted on 10/28/2005 1:58:31 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- four more years!)
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To: Sub-Driver

For the record..... A group of federal Job Corps workers from east Tennessee were dispatched to New Orleans to gather up the bodies.

They were shocked beyond belief at the task and say they were mentally maimed for life.


19 posted on 10/28/2005 2:01:53 PM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . Chicken spit causes flu....... Fox News)
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