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You just cant make this stuff up.
Late last week, a bill HR 6566 was introduced on the floor of the US House of Representatives. I couldnt believe my eyes when I read it.
The bill is entitled the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act, and its stated purpose is [to] amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning
Hmmmm. Homeland Security. FEMA. Sounds like a fun party.
The bill was introduced a week ago, but it took the US Government Printing Office until this morning to actually make the text available to the public.
It turns out that my weeklong wait was for nothing. The bill itself is just a handful of paragraphs that merely reiterates the title that the cracker jack team over at FEMA should be prepared to respond to mass fatalities in the United States, and to account for religious burial differences.
This is just one of those things that makes the stomach turn: the people who brought us the National Defense Authorization Act (authorizing the detention of US citizens on US soil) now deem it prudent to prepare for mass fatalities on US soil Moreover, theyre outsourcing it to one of the most failed government agencies in history.
FEMA, as you may recall, is the same organization that couldnt get bottles of water delivered to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and held up hundreds of seasoned volunteer emergency service workers from entering the city for several days of mandatory sexual harassment training.