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Homeland Insecurity

By now you’ve seen the shocking reality of what’s happened at the convention center in New Orleans.

To contrast, here’s an NPR interview from this morning. Robert Siegel asks the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, about his supposedly in-depth knowledge of the events.

Robert Siegel: We are hearing from our reporter, he’s on another line right now, thousands of people at the convention center in New Orleans with no food, zero.

Chertoff: As I said, I’m telling you we are getting food and water to areas where people are staging. The one about an episode like this is if you talk to someone or you get a rumor or an anecdotal version of something I think it’s dangerous to extrapolate it all over the place.

[Snip]

Robert Siegel: But Mr. Secretary when you say we shouldn’t listen to rumors. These are things coming from reporters who have not only covered many many other hurricanes, they’ve covered wars and refugee camps. These aren’t rumors, they are saying there are thousands of people there.

Chertoff: I would be…I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center without food and water.

What?


6 Comments


Jonathan
2 September 2005 @ 4pm

I think this event will paint some true colors on people. And in the end, when we turn around and look back at who said what (after we learn the truth), we’ll see how shady some people are.



mschindler
2 September 2005 @ 10pm

I agree, but I don’t think it’s taking that long.



Seanne Pryne"
4 September 2005 @ 3pm

Chertof is obviously nothing more than a coffe sucking, “nose stuck in the Wall Street newspaper”, champagne partying, elbow rubbing with the “inside the beltway celebs of politics” carpetbagger straight from the history pages of the so called Civil War Reformation of 1865 onwards – and what a dismal failure that was! He is just a White House door mat like the rest, and acts accordingly.



Seanne Pryne
4 September 2005 @ 3pm

Chertof is obviously nothing more than a coffee sucking, “nose stuck in the Wall Street newspaper”, wine tasting partying, elbow rubbing with “inside the beltway celebs of politics” carpetbagger straight from the history pages of the so called Civil War Reconstruction of 1865 onwards – and what a dismal failure that was! He is just a White House door mat, and acts accordingly.



mschindler
4 September 2005 @ 4pm

Yes, and perhaps it even bears repeating.



Jonathan Rice
9 September 2005 @ 12am

this is what happemns when the moral cowards in both parties–Rep. and Dem -roll over and say, “The president deservesto have the peple he wants.” We get Vhertof, Brown, a Sec of Ed. who believes that Sex Ed is all about abstinance ith no mention of condoms. an Atty gen. who does not believe in using DNA to confirm innocence ou guilt, and a UN rerp. who thinks the UN has no value, and sign s a transportation bill with more pork than any in our history. It’s time for some spine from Capitol Hill.