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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Former top FEMA officials who worked in Puerto Rico during the island's recovery from Hurricane Maria were arrested on Tuesday in a federal corruption investigation.



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well we all know who brought us Hurricane Maria


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#1 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-09-10 04:00 PM | Reply

Here's another article with some additional details:

FEMA officials, contractor accused of hurricane relief fraud


Also, in case anyone is wondering about Tribble's background:


#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-10 04:03 PM | Reply

Corruption is so endemic in PR that this is not a shock.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-10 05:15 PM | Reply

#3 Except this corruption wasn't done in PR by Puerto Ricans:

Carmen Yuln Cruz @CarmenYulinCruz

Corruption charges in FEMA and COBRA. Wonder what @realDonaldTrump has to say? Will he play the SAD, FAKE NEWS OR THE PEOPLE DO NOT APPRECIATE ME card.
1:06 PM - 10 Sep 2019

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-10 06:36 PM | Reply


Curious why Cruz and by extension you blame this on Trump? She was in FEMA before he was elected and worked for Obama's DOE Secretary.

It's a PR company that bribed her and her aide.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-10 06:56 PM | Reply

I'm not blaming Trump, nor do I think she is. I think she is sarcastically referring to his previous responses in the aftermath of Maria. Yes, Tribble worked for Obama and before that
"She represented the U.S. at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties throughout the Bush Administration."

Cobra is a subsidiary of an Oklahoma company:

There's a Shady Puerto Rico Contract You Didn't Hear About

National outrage has led to the cancellation of a suspicious $300 million contract doled out to a tiny Montana company that was oddly tasked with rebuilding large parts of Puerto Rico's electric grid. A separate $200 million contract has faced little scrutiny, but may ultimately be even more scandalous for what it says about the effort to rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The deal was inked with a company called Cobra Acquisitions LLC, which didn't even exist until this year. It's a subsidiary of an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company, suggesting that neither the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority nor the federal government has much interest in seizing the opportunity presented by the storm to rebuild Puerto Rico in a sustainable way that relies on renewable energy rather than imported oil.


#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-10 09:32 PM | Reply

The Puerto Rico Power Scandal Expands

After the island's power company canceled the controversial Whitefish contract, there are several federal inquiries into that contract and another $200 million deal with an Oklahoma-based company. . . .

It's still unclear how the contract-making process with Cobra was initiated, and as The Intercept reports, Mammoth Energy is a firm with little experience in disaster cleanup and little clear reason to be chosen as a partner firm, beyond the payment structure. But together with the Whitefish deal, the Cobra contract reflects ongoing concerns with the PREPA decision-making process after Maria. Just how did it come to terms with those companies? What exactly was its bidding process? Why did it choose to enter into expensive contracts with private companies instead of entering into the mutual-aid agreements usually favored by utility companies, which allows them to contract with other utility companies in other states for rebuilding services?


#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-10 09:39 PM | Reply

What did you expect . . . all they have to do is look at what their 'boss' in the White House is raking in and they feel they should get a piece of the action as well...


#8 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-09-11 01:50 AM | Reply

What the Mafia couldn't do in the 60's, Trump has done now. The "really bad people" weren't the Puertorricans that he tongue lashed but his own grimy flunkies from his own administration.

#9 | Posted by Goose_Boils at 2019-09-11 02:49 AM | Reply

Curious why Cruz and by extension you blame this on Trump? She was in FEMA before he was elected and worked for Obama's DOE Secretary.
It's a PR company that bribed her and her aide.


They aren't blaming Trump.

They are pointing out Trump should stop criticizing PR for corruption.

They are rightly pointing out the real corruption is coming from the Feds on this.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-09-11 01:12 PM | Reply

This can't be true, Trump drained the swamp.

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-11 02:24 PM | Reply

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