Saturday, October 22, 2005

Snitch of the Week (and that's a good thing)

On Thursday, 10/20, Marty J. Bahamonde, the only FEMA official in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, testified to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about his attempts to alert his superiors about the immediacy of the situation escalating in New Orleans.

Mr. Bahamonde also refuted prior testimony by former FEMA director, Michael Brown in which Brown stated that a dozen agency employees were in New Orleans before the storm, including an emergency response team.

Bahamonde's testimony was not disputed by anyone at the Department of Homeland Security.

Bahamonde warned that hospitals were running out of oxygen and tried to get various officials to take the growing crisis seriously. He was ignored until he decided to email FEMA head, Michael Brown directly.

His email read,

"I know you know, the situation is past critical, hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water."

Too busy ignoring the Superdome chaos, an aide of Brownie managed to respond hours later saying, "... the director would need a restaurant in Baton Rouge that night. It is very important that time is allowed for Mr. Brown to eat dinner."

For your honest and straight-forward testimony in our current environment of responsibility shifting and pathetic dissembly, we here at Start Snitching, honor you with our first ever Snitch of the Week award.

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