Sunday, February 12, 2006


AP: House Katrina panel spreads blame

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer -- Sunday, 1 hour, 31 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Unheeded warnings, poor planning and apathy in recognizing the scope of Hurricane Katrina's destruction led to the slow emergency response from the White House down to local parishes, a House investigation concludes.

The 600-page report by a special Republican-dominated House inquiry into one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history concluded the federal government's response to Katrina was marked by "fecklessness, flailing and organizational paralysis."

DHS Secretary ChertoffThe House investigation criticized Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (right)'s actions, saying his overall responsibilities for the federal disaster relief were fulfilled "either late, ineffectively or not at all."

It said President Bush received poor and incomplete counsel about the crisis unfolding on the Gulf Coast and that late state and local evacuation orders added to the confusion at the federal level.

"Our investigation revealed that Katrina was a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare," said a summary of the scathing report obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

"At every level -- individual, corporate, philanthropic, and governmental -- we failed to meet the challenge that was Katrina," the report concluded.

"In this cautionary tale, all the little pigs built houses of straw."

Full AP-Yahoo News story. This story was covered earlier today in the Today's Paper's column, blogged here.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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