Wednesday, September 28, 2005


The former head of FEMA claimed that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco failed to include New Orleans in her request for a federal emergency declaration.

Brown's rewriting of history, during a Tuesday congressional hearing, was a stunner to anyone who keeps up with the news. Three weeks ago, CHATTER brought up the confusion over the disaster declaration; Brown's testimony only further clouds the controversy.

What's clear:

•Blanco asked President Bush on Aug. 27 to declare a federal disaster, in advance of Hurricane Katrina. She included New Orleans in the request.

•Bush declared a federal disaster -- but did not include New Orleans in the list of affected counties.

Why not? No one seems to have a clear clue.

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