More asshattery @ FEMA
Office of General Counsel needs to be fired. The people who followed direction, knowing the implications, need to go as well.
It is one thing to be overwhelmed in a national emergency, consumed by bureaucracy and political infighting.
This is quite another, and represents a new low for the agency. Not a lawyer here, and it's probably not applicable, but the term "reckless endangerment" sure does comes to mind.
"FEMA Knew Of Toxic Gas In Trailers"
July 20th, 2007 1:35pm
"A FEMA lawyer, Patrick Preston, wrote on June 15: "Do not initiate any testing until we give the OK. . . . Once you get results and should they indicate some problem, the clock is running on our duty to respond to them."
ha. Seems they are best with emergencies that they can plan.
July 20th, 2007 1:38pm
Because if you don't KNOW things are bad <wink, wink> then you don't have to DO anything about them.
July 20th, 2007 1:39pm
Like the name says: Federal Emergency MANAGEMENT Agency.
They should rename it to Federal Emergency PREPARDNESS Agency. Not quite as good an acronym, but maybe it will give them some proper direction.
July 20th, 2007 3:02pm
They were doing fine during the Clinton Administration. Then Bush cut the funds and appointed lackeys to run the agency, and it went down the toilet.
July 20th, 2007 3:06pm
he also folded FEMA under the DHS
July 20th, 2007 3:27pm
DHS is all about prevention. And how do you prevent a hurricane or earthquake?
So, a total organizational mash-up that will result (has resulted!) in nothing good coming of it.
July 20th, 2007 6:44pm