Michael D. Brown Esq.
May 2008: 'On Sept. 4, 2005, one week after the storm, Paulison's predecessor, Michael D. Brown, declared that FEMA was "pulling out the stops" to find housing for 237,000 Katrina evacuees who were staying in shelters, the largest internal displacement of Americans since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/24/AR2008052401973.html
February 2006: Chertoff did blame himself for one thing: trusting then-FEMA director Mike 'Brown.e' Brown. 'If I had known then what I know now about Mr. Brown.s agenda, I would have done something differently,' the secretary said. He blamed Brown.for misleading him about help from the Pentagon, and for not getting buses to evacuate people.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/15/AR2006021502294.html
September 2005: At the same news conference, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff once again praised Michael D. Brown, who resigned as FEMA director on Monday after being yanked back to Washington amid withering reviews of the agency's performance the first week of the disaster. 'As I said previously, I believe Mike Brown did everything that was within his capability to manage this crisis effectively,' he said. Tyson reported from New Orleans. Staff writers Dan Balz and Spencer S. Hsu in Washington contributed to this report.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/13/AR2005091301422.html
September 2005: "In recent days, politicians and officials in both parties have derided Brown's qualifications to head the nation's chief disaster-response agency -- as well as the performance of the agency and its federal, state and local partners [during Hurricane Katrina--Ed.]."
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Organization Sep 8, 2005 Friend (past or present) Subordinate of (past or present) Joseph "Joe" M. Allbaugh Person Sep 8, 2005
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 25, 2008 Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims: Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses
QUOTE: Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.
Washington Post Aug 08, 2007 States Feel Left Out Of Disaster Planning
QUOTE: A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation's emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.
Washington Post Mar 18, 2007 Put Out to Scapegoat Pasture
QUOTE: after the unceremonious firing of eight federal prosecutors raised criticism of [Alberto] Gonzales's Justice Department, [D. Kyle] Sampson was again the perfect man for the job -- the job of fall guy .... [the fall guy] has enough power -- and guilt -- to claim a whiff of culpability, or have it claimed for him.
Washington Post Feb 06, 2007 A 'Road Home' to Lunacy
QUOTE: NEW ORLEANS -- It's beyond frustrating to hear well-meaning bureaucrats cite all the reasons that so little has been done to rebuild this ruined city and the rest of the Gulf Coast -- why, for example, out of more than 100,000 Louisiana households that have applied to the state government for their share of $7 billion in federal reconstruction funds, fewer than 400 have received their money.
Washington Post Jun 09, 2006 E-mail allegedly shows Bush glad FEMA took blame
QUOTE: The former emergency management chief who quit amid widespread criticism over his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina said he received an e-mail before his resignation stating President Bush was glad to see the Oval Office had dodged most of the criticism.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 16, 2006 Accepting Responsibility, With an Asterisk
QUOTE: Since Bush won the presidency in 2000 with a promise to usher in a "new era of personal responsibility," a public acceptance of culpability is de rigueur when something goes wrong. But admitting mistakes is an entirely different matter.
Washington Post Feb 12, 2006 Katrina Report Spreads Blame: Homeland Security, Chertoff Singled Out
QUOTE: Hurricane Katrina exposed the U.S. government's failure to learn the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as leaders from President Bush down disregarded ample warnings of the threat to New Orleans and did not execute emergency plans or share information that would have saved lives...
Washington Post Sep 27, 2005 Brown Defends FEMA's Efforts. Former Agency Director Spreads Blame for Failures in Katrina Response
QUOTE: Brown ... said that emergency communications broke down because the country made little "real progress" in learning from the 2001 terrorist attacks, and he warned that if U.S. authorities remain focused on preparing for terrorism instead of natural disasters, "then we're going to fail."
Washington Post Sep 14, 2005 Owners of Nursing Home Charged: Negligent Homicide Alleged in Deaths of 34 Patients Who Were Not Evacuated
QUOTE: ...[LA] state Attorney General Charles C. Foti Jr. said the owners of St. Rita's nursing home in St. Bernard Parish had...declined to evacuate the patients when asked if they wanted to do so. "In effect, their inaction resulted in the deaths of these patients," he said.
Washington Post Sep 06, 2005 FEMA Director Singled Out by Response Critics
QUOTE: ...politicians and officials in both parties have derided Brown's qualifications to head the nation's chief disaster-response agency ....
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