Covering Up Katrina
from USA Today:
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, accused the White House of "a near total lack of cooperation." Some officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services, he said, are refusing to be questioned by congressional investigators or provide requested documents.During closed-door questioning of former Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown, Lieberman said FEMA attorneys advised Brown not to reveal "whether he spoke to the president or the vice president, or comment on the substance of conversations" with high-level White House officials.During the hearing Tuesday, committee members discussed an e-mail sent to the White House on Aug. 29, the morning Hurricane Katrina struck, warning of "severe flooding/and/or levee breaching" that "could leave the New Orleans metro area submerged for weeks or months."
The e-mail included an Aug. 27 report from FEMA that suggested that the estimates of damage from a 2004 report on a preparedness exercise known as "Hurricane Pam," projecting up to 60,000 deaths and 233,986 collapsed buildings, might turn out to be smaller than the damage from Katrina. Katrina's death toll, now about 1,100 in Louisiana, was significantly lower than projected under the Hurricane Pam exercise, but other projections turned out to be tragically on target.
Lieberman said the e-mail message raises the question of "what happened to that report and why was the president left so uninformed that he said four days later, 'I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.' "
Lieberman: Why won't our King cooperate?
Well, without consequence to the offenders, anyway. The rest of the population, those of us who still subscribe to the quaint virtues of law despite the rubber-stamping renegades in the halls of Congress -- bleed a little more with each injustice. But, as the NeoCon Revolution demonstrates daily, we can always make more blood.
The United States legal system, whether it redeems us or condemns us, is now exclusively for The Little People and only The Little People.
Oh, sure, the Great American Elite will sponsor the occasional show trial to convince us All Is Well, and we will eat it up like strawberries and shortcake. In time, though, citizens will awaken to reality that we have all be enslaved by rulers who are safely beyond the reach of the law. The only questions, really, are: (1.) what form The Resistance will take, and; (2.) what will transpire between now and then.
In the interim, I leave you with this, from Karenna's Blog:
Meanwhile, 3200 people are missing and the news says nary a word. It would be like if all the people in the World Trade Center did not come home from work one day and simply vaporized and the media didn't say a word. It would be like all the people in the Twin Towers were reported missing and Bush was hanging out at a deli a few blocks away complimenting the pastrami. Guiliani was on TV blaming the Italians and the Medical Examiner was pointing at the rubble, saying, "Maybe we should look there," and the media was silent.