From the Washington Times:
President Bush yesterday sought to federalize hurricane-relief efforts, removing governors from the decision-making process.This will make it possible for the feds to step in and save lives, when the state and local government isn't up to the task. (Whether it thinks it is or not.)
"It wouldn't be necessary to get a request from the governor or take other action," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused Mr. Bush of attempting a power grab in the wake of fierce criticism that he responded too slowly to Hurricane Katrina a month ago.Funny... I thought the only people mentioning that during the relief effort were those heartless conservative types who didn't care about American lives being lost.
"Using the military in domestic law enforcement is generally a very bad idea," said Timothy Edgar, national security policy counsel for the ACLU. "I'm afraid that it will have unforeseen consequences for civil liberties."