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FEMA Chief Relieved of Katrina Duties


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By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -    Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown is being removed from his role in managing the Bush administration's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and is returning to Washington.

Brown, who has been under fire for the federal government's slow response to the storm that devastated much of the Gulf Coast region, will be replaced by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who was overseeing New Orleans relief and rescue efforts.

Asked if he was being made a scapegoat for a federal relief effort that has drawn widespread and sharp criticism, Brown told The Associated Press after a long pause: "By the press, yes. By the president, No."

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If they dump him, they should dump the head of Homeland Security, which is responsible for FEMA. The director told more lies about the state of things in New Orleans, it's a wonder he could keep the lies straight. His duplicity in news conferences and inaction are inexcusable.

FEMA should be restored to it's own cabinet office again and have it's funding restored. The fact that 3 college students could drive their Elantra from the National Guard checkpoint to the Convention Centre in 20 minutes, when the Homeland Security Director was saying the roads were impassable was ludicrous.

I have never been there, but, it looks like Lake Pontchartrain could be devastated ecologically with the toxic water being pumped into it, although there is no alternative. The environmental clean up of the ground alone will be a staggering engineering endeavour.

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one thing id like to know, y is bush leading an investigation into his own government? doesnt that mean he can place the blame on anyone he wants? this FEMA guy is just fallout for bush's poor leadership and he probably cudnt do his job cause bush didnt give him the resources needed

as far as i know, investigating your own government department / company is illegal and must be carried out by a third party, independant bunch of people

and another thing, if ur gonna fire someone for their mistakes, do it after theyve finished doing the job, not in the middle of one of their biggest aid missions

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