Friday, January 15, 2010

Ray Kelley returned from Haiti three days before the recent disaster.

Also, I have been unable to find any documentation on it, but Wednesday night I saw (I think it was on CSPAN) a Pentagon official who mentioned that another Pentagon official "just happened to be" in Haiti when the disaster occurred.

FOUND IT! - Go to 4:32

"We also finally have a team that's headed in to the airport, ah, from my understanding because my deputy commander just happened to be, ah, in Haiti when this situation happened on a previously scheduled visit."


A Royal Navy flotilla that might have provided relief in the first hours after the Haitian earthquake was withdrawn weeks before the disaster because of budget constraints, the Ministry of Defence said last night.

Naval sources told The Times that the unpublicised cut marked the first time that the Royal Navy has had a significant gap in cover in the Caribbean since the 17th century.

The force, which usually includes a Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel and a frigate, is deployed in Caribbean waters to provide support to British overseas territories, particularly during the May-December hurricane season, and to support Britain’s counter-narcotics role in the region.

During the summer, Prince William was deployed on board the frigate Iron Duke in the Caribbean.

However, the fleet replenishment ship Fort George was ordered back to Britain in October and the Iron Duke arrived back last month.


On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system. On Wednesday, DISA opened up its All Partners Access Network, supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.


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