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Michael Chertoff

"Second, there are two problems with respect to mobile homes in particular. One is we obviously don't want to put them in a flood plain, because if there's another flood, you're going to lose the mobile home." Michael Chertoff
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"So that's why I said, if you look at the average, you would see the money New York got this year was in line with the average across the prior three years and substantially more, by a country mile, than the money given to any other city." Michael Chertoff
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"So, all during the '90s and, you know, for the first half of this decade, we had opportunities to get evacuation plans in place, better communications in place." Michael Chertoff
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"The Department of Defense took 40 years to get where it got." Michael Chertoff
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"The larger point is this: We've invested over half a billion dollars in New York since this department was stood up. We've given New York more money, by more than double, than any other city in the country." Michael Chertoff
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"The second is there are some communities that we thought originally would take mobile homes that have decided they don't want them. And we're not going to cram mobile homes down the throats of communities in Louisiana and the Gulf - and other parts of the Gulf Coast." Michael Chertoff
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"The second thing we did was said, OK, we've now identified the risk, but what do you want to do with the money? Because it's not enough to have risk; you've got to have a meaningful use for the money we give you." Michael Chertoff
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"We may have to force people to get together in terms of picking a particular type of technology and starting to build to that technology, as opposed to everybody exercising their right to buy their own system, you know, at will." Michael Chertoff
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"We've certainly learned a lot of lessons from Katrina, from Rita. Rita was better than Katrina. We're doing a better job planning. We're closer - more closely aligned with the Department of Defense. These things would be positive things if we were to have another attack." Michael Chertoff
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"We've done it in intelligence sharing and certain elements of security. There were parts of the department, in fact, that worked very well in Katrina, like the Coast Guard and TSA." Michael Chertoff
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"Well, I mean, Congress did originally set the formula for the state grants, and they guaranteed every state a minimum formula. So that was a congressional decision." Michael Chertoff
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"Well, I said in July before Katrina that we had a lot more work to do in preparedness. And I think that was borne out, obviously, a month later." Michael Chertoff
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"Well, I think first of all there was a failure to have real, clear information at our disposal. There was a real lack of situational awareness. We didn't have the capabilities on the ground to give us real-time, accurate assessments of the physical condition of the city." Michael Chertoff
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"Well, I'm not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness was not where it should be. We've known for 20 years about this hurricane, this possibility of this kind of hurricane." Michael Chertoff
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"What it means is that a lot of communities were working from a very low base. They either had very small grants the prior year or even no grants." Michael Chertoff
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"[Chertoff flashed impatience when a reporter tried to ask Brown if he would resign and if he would respond to a Time magazine report that he inflated his résumé.] Here are the ground rules: I'm going to answer the questions, ... I've explained what we're doing. I thought I was about as clear as I possibly could be in English as to what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. Next question." Michael Chertoff
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"If there are contracts that turn out to be not properly cost effective or inappropriate in some other way, we can redo the contracts; we can renegotiate those contracts," Michael Chertoff
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"We've seen them attack in London, for example; we've seen them attack in Spain; we've seen them attack elsewhere, so I think we have to operate on the assumption that they do have some capability and they certainly have the intent." Michael Chertoff
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"We were prepared for one catastrophe. The second catastrophe, frankly, added a level of challenge that no one has seen before." Michael Chertoff
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"We were prepared for one catastrophe, ... The second catastrophe, frankly, added a level of challenge that no one has seen before." Michael Chertoff
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