"We've done it in intelligence sharing and certain elements of security. There were parts of the department, in fact, that worked very well in Katrina, like the Coast Guard and TSA."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."Michael Chertoff on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Michael Chertoff on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."Michael Chertoff on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."Michael Chertoff on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."Michael Chertoff on Albert Einstein
"I think the idea that you can go this alone is - was a huge mistake. And unfortunately, there was a price paid in terms of suffering and pain for people in New Orleans."
"Well, I think first of all there was a failure to have real, clear information at our disposal. There was a real lack of situational awareness. We didn't have the capabilities on the ground to give us real-time, accurate assessments of the physical condition of the city."
"We've certainly learned a lot of lessons from Katrina, from Rita. Rita was better than Katrina. We're doing a better job planning. We're closer - more closely aligned with the Department of Defense. These things would be positive things if we were to have another attack."
"Second, there are two problems with respect to mobile homes in particular. One is we obviously don't want to put them in a flood plain, because if there's another flood, you're going to lose the mobile home."
"We may have to force people to get together in terms of picking a particular type of technology and starting to build to that technology, as opposed to everybody exercising their right to buy their own system, you know, at will."