If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that FEMA is actually trying to do the exact opposite of its job. When I saw the first story about FEMA today, I let it slide, hoping there was a reasonable explanation for why the agency is burning food intended for Katrina victims.

Hundreds of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned.

US red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees.

Instead tons of the badly needed Nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by British troops in Iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption.

And unless the bureaucratic mess is cleared up soon it could be sent for incineration.

The article says there’s meat content in the food and for that reason the it’s to be destroyed is because the Dept. of Agriculture impounded it due to meat import and export laws. (It’s meat, and it’s from Britain, so I guess there’s worries about mad cow disease or something. But according to the Brits quoted in the article, the same rations could be consumed by American soldiers abroad, under NATO. But for some reasons, the Katrina victims can’t have it.

That’s enough to raise eyebrows, but maybe there’s a logical explanation for it, though one escapes me at the moment.

So, no food for the evacuees. At least not from Britain. How about ice, from right here in the US? That should be ok to send the evacuees. Right? Well, maybe not.

The trucks started arriving this weekend, and they’re expected to keep coming through Sunday.

City officials say they have no idea why the trucks are here, only that the city has been asked to help out with traffic problems. But the truck drivers NEWSCENTER spoke to said they went all the way down to the gulf coast with the ice — stayed for a few days — and then were told by FEMA they needed to drive to Maine to store it.

The truck drivers, who are from all over the country, tell us they were subcontracted by FEMA.

They started arriving over the weekend, and city spokesperson Peter Dewitt says as many as 200 trucks could come to the city by the end of the week.

It boggles the mind. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that the wise folks at FEMA don’t want any aid to reach Katrina victims. Not because they don’t care. They just don’t have any interest in making government work, because — as Bush appointees — that doesn’t suit their ideology. They don’t want it to work, they don’t think it should work, and they’re not going to make it work.

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4 Responses to FEMA FUBAR

  1. Mike says:

    A friend of mine in Portland, Maine, said there are trucks with police escorts all over the place and it’s completely crazy. Ice trucks being redirected to Maine three weeks after the storm hit? What the hell is going on?

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  3. Oh my God. I was amazed at FEMA’s incompetence before this (I’ve been following developments through your blog), but this beats all. I think that you may be right. They really don’t want aid to get to victims.

    I’m too shocked for words right now. It’s just too unbelievable.

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