Katrina Disaster Photos
BUSH IS the worst
hit U.S. !
don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the
-President Bush, on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005,
six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of
damage expected from Hurricane Katrina
In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House
received detailed warnings about the storm's likely impact,
including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive
and major losses of life and property, documents show.
I took the
photos below in mid August 2006. This
is from the 9th ward
A DAY before Hurricane Katrina struck President George Bush and his
Homeland Security chief,
Michael Chertoff, were warned in a special video briefing that the
New Orleans levees
could be breached and if that happened, the consequences would be
Mr Bush was still on holiday at his ranch in Texas when he received
from Federal Emergency Management Authority officials. According to
a video obtained by the associated Press,
he did not ask a single question during the briefing. Instead, he
assured the officials that the federal government
was ready to move if Katrina caused a breach of the levees.
"I'm concerned about their [disaster teams] ability to respond to a
catastrophe within a catastrophe,"
Mr Brown told Mr Bush and Mr Chertoff on the afternoon before
Katrina made landfall.
What is not explained by the transcripts is what the White House
actually did apart from express concern.
Some observers point to the damning fact that Mr
just 12 hours before Katrina struck, went to Atlanta for a bird flu
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"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
-House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane
from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005
veterans rescue katrina new Orleans
veterans boat rescue
"Considering the dire
circumstances that we have in New Orleans,
virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005
17th st levee rescue flood water
"Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember on
Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines,
'New Orleans Dodged the Bullet.' Because if you recall, the storm
moved to the east
and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable damage
but nothing worse."
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff,
blaming media coverage for the government's failings, "Meet the
Press," Sept. 4, 2005
swamp cypress trees
storm damage kenner
storm damage kenner
"What didn't go right?"
as quoted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
after she urged him to fire FEMA Director Michael Brown "because of
all that went wrong,
of all that didn't go right" in the Hurricane Katrina relief
New York media
sat TV on the scene in 1 day, but FEMA took weeks!
MIB homeland security DHS
"It's totally wiped out. ... It's devastating, it's got to be
doubly devastating on the ground."
-George W. Bush,
turning to his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage
from Air Force One , Aug. 31, 2005
katrina 17th st levee homes flood water
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helicopter airlift 17th st levee sandbags
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"You simply get chills every time you see these poor
individuals...many of these people,
almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so
and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are
watching this story unfold."
-CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1,
helicopter airlift 17th st canal
C-130 new orleans airport
boots reporters, then revises media policy
The Advocate's story reported that several trailer parks set up as
relief housing following Hurricane Katrina have not been used. The
problems occurred in Plaquemines Parish, where 242 new trailers sit
empty, and in Lake End Trailer Park in St. Mary Parish with 183
During an interview earlier this month in a resident's Lake End
trailer, a FEMA guard told a reporter, "You are not allowed to be
here," and "Get out right now," the newspaper reported.
The guard also told the reporter that the resident was "not
allowed" to have her business card.
Later in the same day, the guard interrupted a roadside interview
between a reporter and another resident through a chain-link
"These journalists are attempting to access public property, in
broad daylight, and to speak with consenting residents of a trailer
park paid for with federal tax dollars. We fail to see how such
journalism is anything but the very sort of newsgathering for which
the First Amendment was created," said SPJ's letter from President
David E. Carlson and Charles Davis, Freedom of Information
"We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save
lives and stabilize the situation.
And then we're going to help these communities rebuild.
The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now --
that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast,
like it was before.
Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire
there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to
sitting on the porch."
(Laughter) --George W. Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile,
Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
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airport (airline hwy) La state police checkpoint Hurricane
Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps
Editor's Note: A little-known $385 million contract
for Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build detention facilities for
emergency influx of immigrants" is another step down the Bush
administration's road toward
martial law, the writer says.
"Brownie, you're doing a heck
of a job."
-President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring
hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005
17th st levee flood bucktown - Metairie
Katrina - Why help never arrived
canal break flood waters
Hurricane Katrina satellite
90 Bridge-Biloxi, MS
"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put
people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings.
There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who
decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to
-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005
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