Case One: According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, the Dept. of Homeland
President Bush's top disaster agency warned of the likelihood of levee breaches that could leave New Orleans submerged "for weeks or months," a communications blackout that would hamper rescue efforts and "at least 100,000 poverty-stricken people" stranded in the city.Wow. So they knew. And did nothing. Thanks, guys. Now can we throw the lot of you in jail for negligent homicide?
Those remarkably accurate predictions were in a 40-page "Fast Analysis Report" compiled by the Department of Homeland Security on Aug. 28. Documents show that the report was sent by e-mail to the White House Situation Room at 1:47 a.m. on Aug. 29, hours before the deadly storm made landfall.
Bush's front-line disaster agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was predicting the worst. In a Power Point slide show dated Aug. 27 and obtained by The Times-Picayune, the agency spelled out the death and destruction anticipated by Hurricane Pam and warned that Katrina was likely to be worse.
"Exercise projection is exceeded by Hurricane Katrina real-life impacts," the slide show said.
Case Two: The shiny new inaptly named Patriot Act contains a provision for (guess) a "uniformed division" of the Secret Service, authorized to arrest people without warrant "for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed or is committing such felony." I know, I know, conservatives, a federal police force with nebulous powers of arrest isn't fascistic or totalitarian or even worrisome. It's just our Leader exercising the war powers of the unitary executive. Dear conservatives, please, get a dictionary, take a class, but do something.
(Via Suspect Device.)
THE GIGGLE: And while we're linking to everything Greg Peters, why not link to his latest cartoon?