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Bush Is "Satisfied" with His Administration's Response to Katrina

I'll Stop Calling This Crew "Orwellian" When They Stop Using "1984" as an Operations Manual

I'll stop calling this crew "Orwellian" when they stop using 1984 as an operations manual. Making Light directs us to China Mievelle.

He writes:

The politics of weather 3: the shyness of experts: Remember my earlier point that disaster management in New Orleans had been privatised, the 'catastrophic hurricane disaster plan' having been handed over to Baton Rouge-based Innovative Emergency Management last year? Watching this nightmare unfold, I've been wondering... what exactly IEM got paid for. It's turning out to be very hard to find out.... In my first post on this, I quoted their original press release: "IEM, Inc., the Baton Rouge-based emergency management and homeland security consultant, will lead the development of a catastrophic hurricane disaster plan for Southeast Louisiana and the City of New Orleans under a more than half a million dollar contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)." Don't bother trying the link to that release on the original post. It doesn't work any more....

[Y]ou'll see IEM's page of press releases. Below is what it looked like at 3am on Friday 2nd September... a release on May 25, 2004 and the next one's on July 14, 2004. But... just before Katrina started, y'know, destroying New Orleans... [t]here used to be another press release, between May and July, dated June 3, announcing that 'IEM Team to Develop Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana'. That's right. The evidence that hurricane-management was privatised and handed over to IEM has been eradicated from the IEM website. It's almost as if someone was trying to evade responsibility for incompetence that's resulted in the deaths of thousands, or something.

For those interested... [y]ou can still find the verbatim copy from the press release in the Insurance Journal... where we learn from IEM Director of Homeland Security Wayne Thomas that his company's 'approach to catastrophic planning meets the challenges associated with integrating multi-jurisdictional needs and capabilities into an effective plan for addressing catastrophic hurricane strikes'. Right. So, the IEM team's approach isn't to siphon off tax money, spout management shit, provide a demonstrably catastrophically inadequate plan, then f--- off like craven f------ caveworms and hide the evidence when the fucking corpses start piling up?

More intriguing information here (pdf), in the Spring newsletter of the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association, where we hear all about an exciting hurricane planning workshop organised by IEM. Relevant extract: '[S]ustaining winds of 120mph... destroyed over 75% of the structures in its path, and left the majority of New Orleans under 15-20 feet of water'. That's impressively accurate. '[S]heltering, temporary housing, and temporary medical care' were chosen as areas to focus on, 'functional plans' were put in place, that can be 'implemented immediately'. Result? 'Louisiana is much better prepared for a catastrophic hurricane'....

[B]e proud, IEM! Why so coy? Why so shy of having won this prestigious contract? I think we should help IEM out by telling everyone we can their involvement in this, and bringing to people's attention the company's sudden inadvertent mislaying of its press release...

Impeach George W. Bush., Impeach him now.