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>> As Hurricane Katrina victims waited for help in flooded houses or in looted neighborhoods, hundreds of trucks, boats, planes and federal security officers sat unused because FEMA failed to give them missions, newly released documents show.
Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency called off its search and rescue operations in Louisiana three days after the Aug. 29 storm because of security issues, according to an internal FEMA e-mail given to Senate investigators. <<
Those "security issues" were largely the result of rumor-mongering by the press, reporting incidents that later investigation showed mostly never happened. And that's where there's arguably a racial aspect to the poor response, as such rumor-mongering most likely wouldn't have happened had most of those trapped not been Black.