Sunday, September 04, 2005

My Note to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown

Michael Brown, Director of F.E.M.A., September 1, 2005 on CNN:
Michael Brown also agreed with other public officials that the death toll in the city could reach into the thousands.

"Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN.

"I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said.
My email to Michael Brown at
Dear Mr. Brown:

F.E.M.A.'s lethargic, incompetent response to the disaster in New Orleans and Mississippi following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina is a crime against humanity. Thousands upon thousands of lives were lost due to your foot-dragging and inability to comprehend the magnitude of the tragedy there. I don't know you personally, but from one human being to another, the ferocity and viciousness of your non-response to the disaster in the Gulf Coast is one of the most reprehensible sins of omission I've ever witnessed.

Clearly, the war in Iraq has drained America of its resources.

Clearly the demographics of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina are not important to the power brokers in Washington, D.C.

Clearly, compassion and human emotion are beyond the reach of you, your agency, and the Bush administration.

It is my hope that you are forced into a pair of hip-waders and sent into the heart of New Orleans to help collect and count the dead.

Read, here, about just one of your many, many victims. Yes, you did not cause the hurricane to strike the Gulf Coast, but your negligent non-response cost untolled lives. Here is the story of one:
As told by president of Jefferson Parish in New Orleans, Aaron Broussard: I want to give you one last story and I’ll shut up and let you tell me whatever you want to tell me. The guy who runs this building I’m in, Emergency Management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, “Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?” and he said, “Yeah, Mama, somebody’s coming to get you.” Somebody’s coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody’s coming to get you on Friday… and she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night!
The smug, useless cocksucker, Michael Brown ought to be fired -- but only after he has walked the breadth and length of New Orleans and spent a night at the conventional center and a night in the Superdome. That'll never happen. This bastard is harnessing himself in a golden parachute as I write this. The swine!

Here's some background on the illustrious/infamous Michael Brown from The Boston Globe: "The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows [Brown was forced out of the position after a spate of lawsuits over alleged supervision failures]. And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position. The Oklahoman got the job through an old college friend who at the time was heading up FEMA." More outrage to be read.

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