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Chertoff's *ss is grass

I think Skeletor better start cleaning out his desk and polishing up his resume (One can only hope his isn’t as uniquely padded as “Brownie’s”).

After all, if the Chimpster had to get out there and “take responsibility” (see the video), Bush is going to make sure he opens a can of Whoop Ass on the rest of the folks that “made him look bad.” Based on this report, Skeletor’s in the official Administration crosshairs now. It’s all in a memo indicating Chertoff didn’t shift power to act to Brown until a day and a half after the hurricane.

The federal official with the power to mobilize a massive federal response to Hurricane Katrina was Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, not the former FEMA chief who was relieved of his duties and resigned earlier this week, federal documents reviewed by Knight Ridder show.

…As thousands of hurricane victims went without food, water and shelter in the days after Katrina’s early morning Aug. 29 landfall, critics assailed Brown for being responsible for delays that might have cost hundreds of lives.

But Chertoff – not Brown – was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government’s blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homaeland security director.

But according to a memo obtained by Knight Ridder, Chertoff didn’t shift that power to Brown until late afternoon or evening on Aug. 30, about 36 hours after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. That same memo suggests that Chertoff may have been confused about his lead role in disaster response and that of his department.

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