A new ePluribus Media story What Will Become of FEMA Now? investigates how  FEMA was crippled and made inadequate in its response to Katrina.

As the article elaborates:

Many “backgrounder” research reports on the Heritage Foundation’s Web site suggest that Chertoff’s Second Stage Review (2SR) plan came directly from the Heritage Foundation/CSIS research, one of which is “Who’s on First? A Strategy for Protecting Critical Infrastructure,” a report arguably concluding that human death and suffering are immaterial to the Heritage Foundation/CSIS/Chertoff Second Stage Review plan except as a source of liability risk.


Of the original 14 infrastructures considered critical, the Heritage Foundation’s CSIS research considered only 4 essential: energy, finance, telecommunications, and transportation sectors.

But, the ePluribus Media researchers and writers reveal what the CSIS inspired Chertoff Second Stage Review plan designates as less essential by their omission.

follow us to the jump to see what they found.

Here are the remaining 10:
● Chemicals sector
● Continuity of Government Services sector
● Emergency & Law Enforcement Services sector
● Fire Services sector
● Food sector
● Health Services sector
● Higher Education sector
● Insurance sector
● Water sector
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, could any of these 10 not-so-critical infrastructures have been key in the DHS/FEMA failure to respond?


           Copyright 2005, used with permission of Sheldon Morton

Read the rest of the article, with the photojournalism of Sheldon Morton, World Eye Press, at What Will Happen to FEMA? and please join us on the Congress Responds to Katrina: Five Bills to Take FEMA Back where we need your help examining the proposed legislation for FEMA.

Special research and writing contributions from Wanderindiana,  Luaptifer, HeyThereItsEric and Kfred.

Other ePluribus Media Contributors include: BarbaraS, SawcieLackey, Sue in KY, Susie Dow, Stoy, JeninRI, Standingup, Beverly in NH, XicanoPwr

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