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Friday, April 14, 2006

FEMA Bo BEMA--at it again!!

People by now should realize that FEMA is just a front organization for the Illuminati....FEMA needs to be reorganized and also EXORCISED

Flawed emergency operations threaten the entire country

The lack of preparedness and waste of tax dollars by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in hurricane-response efforts should be disturbing to the entire nation. The next disaster may not result from storm winds and flooding along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Catastrophic events, caused by nature or by man, can happen anywhere in the U.S. Every state should be concerned about fixing the flaws of FEMA and the Corps.
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma tested the federal agencies and found them grossly wanting. A writer for the Times-Picayune newspaper said it well: "Testimony at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing Monday in New Orleans showed that, in the matter of the Katrina cleanup, taxpayers got taken to the cleaners."

This time, it is not jousting and fingerpointing between Louisiana officials and federal officials. The subcommittee chairman, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is among those most upset over the performances of FEMA and the Corps. "I'm certain we paid too much for debris removal; I'm certain we paid way too much for blue roofs; and I'm certain trailers cost two times as much as they should have," Coburn said. He and other committee members cited pitifully inadequate or nonexistent planning by the federal agencies, a disturbing lack of contract oversight and inflexible procedures that hampered the efforts of local authorities. Huge contracts were awarded to multinational corporations who simply subcontracted the work out to others. Committee members demanded to know why the Corps and FEMA did not bypass the big companies and do their own subcontracting. Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Army's auditor general, said profit margins for the big companies ran as high as 47 percent, and the layers of subcontractors sometimes ran five or six companies deep.

There has been much talk about enormous amounts of federal money allocated for hurricane relief in Louisiana - talk that adversely affects efforts to secure continued funding for ongoing post-hurricane needs. Yet a huge share of those tax dollars "earmarked" for the state went down the drain instead of into positive relief activities.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter, D-New Orleans, told the committee, "... all of those dollars are wasted, and yet they're still being counted against us."

The subcommittee hearings also revealed an unexplained increase in debris-removal prices after the signing of contracts. The Corps of Engineers could show no paperwork explaining the additional costs.

St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis said he negotiated debris removal prices that were as much as 50 percent lower than those established by the Corps, but Corps officials tried to force him "to cancel the contracts and go with them."

The entire nation should demand that the flawed operations of FEMA and the Corps of Engineers be fixed - before the next disaster strikes and more tax dollars are squandered.

Originally published April 13, 2006


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