Monday, 5 September 2005 - 17:04 BSTName: The Gray Monk
Ah, Civil Servants and their Rule Books, never let a need get in the way of the Rules! This may be happening in the US, but I can assure you, after years of struggling against similar mindsets here and elsewhere that this is the standard Civil Service action in any crisis. It's not allowed in the Rule Book.
As an Emeregency Commander in a couple of flood situations and one major incident which involved evacuation and rehousing for several hundred, I simply ignored the "officials" and invited them to place their "Rules" somewhere painful when they tried to stop what I had put in motion. Doesn't win you any friends among them, but, hell, who needs those kind of friends.
Tuesday, 6 September 2005 - 00:41 BSTName: Tessa
Let's hope that this experience teaches them the error of their ways and if, God forbid, there is ever another disaster of this magnitude, that the Rule Books will be ignored and humanity and common sense prevail.
Tuesday, 6 September 2005 - 17:31 BSTName: Joanna
We need people whose only job is to show the world what's going on. The same public which enjoys bloody, smash-up movies in the theater, has no appetite whatsoever for real violence, cruelty, stupidity, incompetence, and prejudice. It's one thing to laugh about idiotic government officials in a TV sit-com, but quite another thing to see them in action to the detriment of live taxpayers. After this last week's 24/7 TV coverage of the hurricane aftermath, I have a feeling that changes will happen. So many people are so angry.
Wednesday, 7 September 2005 - 18:40 BSTName: Tessa
Politicians ignore the power of the media at their peril! Journalists often risk their lives to show the world what is happening somewhere and why it is happening. In this case, the questions are as myriad as the consequences as I'm afraid that the effects of this disaster will be felt for many years to come. Sadly, and with just some foresight plus funding to strengthen the levees, much of this tragedy could and should have been avoided.