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Hurricane Katrina / Congressional Hearings / Brown Testimony #804136

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) The testimony at Congressional hearings from former FEMA director Michael Brown, who was initially in charge of relief after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, featured; details given of his blaming of state & local officials & of the berating from Congress members. [BROWN - says his biggest mistake was not recognizing Louisiana was dysfunctional; declares "I know what I am doing"; states it is wrong for the government to be in the ice business.] [In New Orleans, Mayor Ray NAGIN†- says he feels sorry for Brown.] [Representative Gene TAYLOR†- says "you folks fell on your face"; tells Brown he was in over his head.] [Representative Christopher SHAYS - questions Brown about his role in "coordinating."] [Representative Kay GRANGER - says "you lost the battle."]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) ABC "Fact Check" introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) Evidence that the government {FEMA} was planning for a disaster like Katrina examined; details given {with quotes} from the FEMA hurricane plan. [At hearings, BROWN - says he could not get Nagin & Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to work together.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Stark, Lisa;
Thomas, Pierre

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