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    CBS/AP) Former FEMA head Michael Brown says newly released tapes show that he did, in fact, know the danger Hurricane Katrina posed to the Gulf Coast and that he warned White House officials about it before the storm hit.

    "I'm glad it's coming out because, despite the media reports and the general public perception that I was a dummy, that I didnít know what I was doing, I knew exactly what I was doing," Brown told CBS Washington, D.C., affiliate WUSA in an interview.

    The tapes show Brown on a video teleconference the day before the hurricane made landfall warning President Bush, Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff and other top officials of the looming danger.

    "We're going to need everything that we can possibly muster, not only in this state and in the region, but the nation, to respond to this event," Brown warned in the Aug. 28 briefing. He called the storm "a bad one, a big one" and implored federal agencies to cut through red tape to help people, bending rules if necessary.

    Brown said in the interview that National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield was sounding the alarm about the coming storm and "everyone in the room heard that. Everyone in the room knew the disaster we were facing. It was a disaster we had thought about for two years and had sought funding for so we could do the catastrophic planning to respond to a disaster like that," he said.


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    Transcript: Aug. 28, 2005 (day before Katrina hit)
    Transcript: Aug. 29, 2005
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    For months since the devastation of Katrina, Brown has been the chief scapegoat for what many see as the Bush administration's most glaring failure in its response to the outcry from millions of victims who went without food or shelter for days after the storm. Throughout the controversy, Brown maintained he and the Bush administration were fully aware of the danger posed by the Category 4 storm and that he tried, sometimes in vain, to speed officials to take action.

    "It's been very, very stressful obviously to be called a scapegoat," Brown said.

    But, he added, "I know in my heart what I was doing, what I was trying to do and the tapes speak for themselves."

    The tapes of video teleconferences were recorded over two days: the Sunday before Katrina hit and the Monday it stormed ashore along the Gulf Coast, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.

    Mr. Bush, who participated in the call from his ranch in Texas, didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared."

    The footage, along with seven days of transcripts of briefings obtained by The Associated Press, show in detail that while federal officials anticipated the tragedy that unfolded in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, they were fatally slow to realize they had not mustered enough resources to deal with the disaster.

    The White House and Homeland Security Department urged the public Wednesday not to read too much into the video footage.

    "I hope people don't draw conclusions from the president getting a single briefing," presidential spokesman Trent Duffy said, citing a variety of orders and disaster declarations Bush signed before the storm made landfall. "He received multiple briefings from multiple officials, and he was completely engaged at all times."

    Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said his department would not release the full set of videotaped briefings, saying most transcripts from the sessions were provided to congressional investigators months ago.

    "There's nothing new or insightful on these tapes," Knocke said. "We actively participated in the lessons-learned review and we continue to participate in the Senate's review and are working with them on their recommendation."

    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, a critic of the administration's Katrina response, had a different take after watching the footage Wednesday afternoon from an AP reporter's camera.

    "I have kind a sinking feeling in my gut right now," Nagin said. "I was listening to what people were saying, they didn't know, so therefore it was an issue of a learning curve. You know, from this tape it looks like everybody was fully aware."

    So the sacrificial lamb is getting the last laugh, eh? Let's see GI George talk his way out of this one...oh, wait. He'll just ignore it like everything else.
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    Sorry, but Brownie was a retard despite this. He knew, and he STILL did nothing to prepare the city, or to get people out, and he didn't even know about the bloody sports arena 10 thousand people were crammed into!
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    Only thing Brownie was concerned with was wearing the right outfit for the press conference. I'd like him to die a slow painful death involving drowning..and rapacious alligators.

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