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KATRINA: RESPONSE TIMELINE

The timeline states that "in response" to Blanco's letter of Aug. 27 (requesting Emergency status backdated from Aug. 26 onward, detailing legalities and generalizing plans), Bush declares such an Emergency. I doubt the dating of the letter and wonder if its content are more for show than a genuine reflection of steps taken and specific requests made. More likely, but unverified, is that Bush declared an emergency in response to a phone call with Blanco and perhaps other verbal reports. After verbal agreement, the instruction to Bianco would be "get a request to us in writing" but the ball would start rolling immediately. Meanwhile a state lawyer/AG would review the letter for conformance with FEMA requirements and approve its release (after a day or so?).

Why am I being petty about this mere conjecture that the letter was back-dated? Well, it's more in tune to how things work, and affects the timeline of what was truly communicated.

Comment Posted By alfonso On 6.09.2005 @ 05:48


 


 


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