Americans Don't Sleep in Tents
Americans don't sleep in tents, no they die in attics.Imus in the Morning streaming audio here.
Tim Russert: We do know the following, that as this hurricane began to bear down on New Orleans that people understood that there was a very high probability it was going to be a three, four or five category storm and it was going to hit and hit hard. And so an evacuation began then come the unanswered questions why weren't troops prepositioned why weren't supplies prepositioned, in a way, in a capacity, that could deal with hundreds of thousands evacuees. I think there-- the one thing the government is supposed to do the reason we have a government is to protect its people. And the local, state, and federal government has failed miserably in protecting its people. No one can question that. Now we have find out exactly who did not fulfill their responsibility. The perception is that after September 11th we created a department of Homeland Security because we we're told its not a matter of if but when there would be another terrorist attack, and this time we would be better prepared. There would be command and control, there would be communications, and there would be preparations. Guess what, no command and control, no communications, no preparations. The state, locals, federals couldn't talk to each other nobody was in charge and we've talked to the head of the Hurricane Center at Louisiana State University who one year ago Don did a simulated computer model, table top exercise called Hurricane Pam in which they predicted this almost to the letter and he called FEMA and said, on Saturday or Sunday, you have to have tent cities set up outside of New Orleans outside the state. You're going to have hundreds of thousands evacuees you have to be able to absorb them or they're going to die in the streets and FEMA said to them Americans don't sleep in tents. That is what went wrong and that's what we have to find out who is accountable. This notion that we're all too busy now to look forward if we can't look back we can do both because to ignore what happened in New orleans is to guarantee it will happen again.
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