Military spokesman wades into hot water over Katrina remarks

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A fracas erupted this weekend after military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kelly of U.S. Northern Command noted that his forces were not authorized to aid Katrina survivors until given direction by the President. After describing in detail how the military had prepared to deal with hurricane relief, he remarked, "The only caveat is we have to wait until the President authorizes us to do so. The laws of the United States say that the military can't just act in this fashion; we have to wait for the President to give us permission."

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