I’m not sure how many people have seen this footage.
Six months after the levee failures, the Associated Press uncovered footage of a video conference between FEMA, top hurricane expert experts and President Bush that took place nineteen hours before Katrina hit the city.
The threat to the city could not have been made clearer or more emphatically. Then FEMA director Brown was well aware of the serious limitations of the New Orleans Superdome as a hurricane shelter.
Yet, after the levee failures which devastated the city, Bush claimed that no one could have anticipated the storm’s effects and Brown claimed to be completely unaware that thousands of people were sheltered at the Superdome without food, water, medical attention of sanitary facilities – even though CNN had been reporting the story for many hours.
Note: Today Bush announced a plan to spend $1 billion to paint schools and clean streets…in Iraq.
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