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markus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:07 PM
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Chertoff perjures himself before Congress
From wetbankguide.blogspot.com

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Homeland Security Director Micheal Chertoff told a Congressional hearing today that problems with Katrina weren't his fault, because he relied on FEMA experts with decades of experience in hurricane response, according to an AP Report on Yahoo News.

Chertoff's statements are flatly contracted by a September Knight-Ridder article (previously cited here as Chertoff, Bush escape the wrath of Katrina.

The article recounts in detail how Katrina response was run out of the White House, bypassing the FEMA professionals.

A memo acquired by Knight-Ridder shows hat the response to Katrina wasn't left to disaster professionals, but was run out of the White House, said George Haddow, a former deputy chief of staff at FEMA during the Clinton administration and the co-author of an emergency management textbook.

"It shows that the president is running the disaster, the White House is running it as opposed to Brown or Chertoff," Haddow said. Brown "is a convenient fall guy. He's not the problem really. The problem is a system that was marginalized."

Given the scale and consequences of his failures, it is unimaginable that his casual (if not delusional) dismissal of the facts shouldn't be punished as perjury.

Be sure to read the article in full, and go to news.google.com and search for the bylines on this article, in particular Alison Young. She is on many of the Katrina stories out of Knight-Ridder's Washington bureau. These folks should give the Times-Picayune/NOLA.Com a run for their money for next year's Pulitzer.

More at wetbankguide.blogspot.com
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FizzFuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:28 PM
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1. so did anyone bring up the discrepancy at those hearings?
It won't help if the congress members asking the questions don't know about this.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:09 PM
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2. McKinney: "why aren't you being charged with negligent homicide"
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 05:10 PM by bananas
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FizzFuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:20 PM
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3. thanks bananas
much appreciated. I'm missing alot of puzzle pieces lately. This helps.

:hi:
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:59 PM
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6. I'm not sure if she brought up the perjury n/t
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:26 PM
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4. Its not perjury. He just misspoke. Republicans never commit perjury n/t
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:43 PM
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5. Memo to self: Don' t be in a disaster the White House is "running."
They've hired idiots who would screw up a free lunch. That's what they should be indicted for. For hiring morons.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:21 PM
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7. You can bet your ass they were deeply and personally involved
in the perpetuation of the disaster.

-Hoot
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:59 PM
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8. Seems like 'Brownie' also lied under oath to Congress a few weeks ago.
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:21 PM
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9. !
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