Chertoff Still Uninformed About Katrina Details
by Scott Shields, Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:58:07 AM EDT
Nico at ThinkProgress points to Mayor Nagin talking about levee breaks on Monday morning as proof that Chertoff is dead wrong. I'd get a bit more direct. Here's an aerial photo from the Coast Guard, taken on Monday -- clearly not "overnight" -- and released to the press on Tuesday, followed by the caption from Reuters.Flooded roadways can be seen in this photo released on Tuesday as the Coast Guard conducts initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights over New Orleans, Louisiana August 29, 2005. Prices for energy, cotton copper and grains surged on Tuesday, as skies began clearing on stunning losses to homeowners, business and commodity production a day after Hurricane Katrina devastated coastal areas of three Gulf states. REUTERS/Kyle Niemi/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout Photo by Reuters (Handout)
The fact that these people are still not up to date on what's been going on is appalling. The other day on NPR, host Robert Siegel had to argue with Chertoff about the situation in New Orleans at the convention center. While Chertoff shrugged of "rumors" of people left stranded, Siegel -- with audible frustration rising in his voice -- informed him that the reporter supplying the information had reported from war zones and refugee camps and was not reporting rumors. Chertoff said the following in response: "I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center who don't have food and water."
It's incredibly scary to speculate on what kind of crucial information the feds are still ignorant of.