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From New York’s Information Security Breach and Notification Act: 7. (A) IN THE EVENT THAT ANY NEW YORK RESIDENTS ARE TO BE NOTIFIED AT ONE TIME, THE PERSON OR BUSINESS SHALL NOTIFY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENER- AL, THE CONSUMER PROTECTION BOARD, AND THE STATE OFFICE OF CYBER SECURI- TY AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATION AS TO…

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In “Bush Aide Will Lead Hurricane Inquiry,” the New York Times chronicles the sort of petty bickering we’ve come to expect from kindergarteners America’s leadership. Today’s subject-of-bickering is who is to investigate the failures in New Orleans: On Capitol Hill, Congressional Republicans continued their efforts Monday to persuade Democrats to take part in a special…

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This is a follow-on to “Who Will Rid Me of This Meddlesome Bureaucracy?” and the same disclaimers apply. I’ll note that Time Magazine has an article “How Reliable Is Brown’s Resume:” The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 “overseeing the emergency…

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One of the facets of the response to and analysis of Katrina is that the disaster is large enough that everyone can choose an aspect of it to look at from the comfortable heights of their favorite hobby-horse. Be it the incompetence of (state, federal, or local) government, the evils of (small or big) government,…

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Michael Froomkin points to a claim that “Long before FEMA dropped the ball, local authorities decided they didn’t need one: See See LENIN’S TOMB: Everything has gone according to plan.” For more, the City of New Orleans web site is still operational, and has a section on Emergency Preparedness. Bruce Sterling, with only a small…

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Suzette Haden Elgin has an interesting essay on the “biblical proportions” construct, and its meaning. Thomas Barnett has written “The art of the long view,” which is an interesting perspective to be able to maintain right now. Another useful perspective comes from Bill west at the Counterterrorism blog in “Katrina Response – Another Quick Observation,”…

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…Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially. In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn’t known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and…

Read More New Orleans Times-Picayune Open Letter To The President.