Chertoff Should Be Fired!

From Scout:

levee break

(Marty Bahamonde/FEMA……A photo taken by a federal emergency official the day Hurricane Katrina arrived showed the broken 17th Street Canal levee in New Orleans. From NYT)

Bush administration’s claim they learned of the levees breaking on Tuesday August 30 is another lie.

But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland Security Department’s headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and the White House itself at midnight.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency official, Marty Bahamonde, first heard of a major levee breach Monday morning. By late Monday afternoon, Mr. Bahamonde had hitched a ride on a Coast Guard helicopter over the breach at the 17th Street Canal to confirm the extensive flooding. He then telephoned his report to FEMA headquarters in Washington, which notified the Homeland Security Department.

“FYI from FEMA,” said an e-mail message from the agency’s public affairs staff describing the helicopter flight, sent Monday night at 9:27 to the chief of staff of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and recently unearthed by investigators. Conditions, the message said, “are far more serious than media reports are currently reflecting. Finding extensive flooding and more stranded people than they had thought — also a number of fires.”

Michael D. Brown, who was the director of FEMA until he resigned under pressure on Sept. 12, said in a telephone interview Thursday that he personally notified the White House of this news that night, though he declined to identify the official he spoke to.

CHERTOFF of course. Will Brown say so today when he testifies before Congress?

Chertoff has escaped scrutiny for the most part but as more is revealed from the Congressional investigation it is clear that Chertoff should resign or be Fired.

UPDATE: Brown did not testify to telling Chertoff however he did testify he told the White House specifically Andy Card and Joe Hagan. He related they KNEW on Monday afternoon the levee had been “breached.”