Saturday, September 03, 2005

Lieberman, Collins To Investigate Bush Administration's "Immense Failure" Responding to Katrina

Two key U.S. senators will open a bipartisan investigation into what they described as an "immense failure" of the government response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), who heads the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), the panel's top Democrat, said they plan to begin an oversight investigation Wednesday.

"We intend to demand answers as to how this immense failure occurred, but our immediate focus must and will be on what Congress can do to help the rescue and emergency operations that are ongoing," the senators said in a joint Sept. 2 statement.

"It is also our responsibility to investigate the lack of preparedness and inadequate response to this terrible storm," they said. "(I)t is increasingly clear that serious shortcomings in preparedness and response have hampered relief efforts at a critical time."

The Senators have scheduled an initial briefing by DHS officials for Committee Members and Senators from affected states on Sept. 7. The briefing will be closed to the media, but the Senators will schedule a press availability after the briefing.


The statment came after Bush faced blistering criticism for his administration's response to Katrina.

"This is a national disgrace," Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans' emergency operations, told MSNBC. "We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans."


Bush, who has been criticized for a slow response to the disaster, admitted yesterday morning that "the results are not acceptable" and pledged to bolster relief efforts.

"We'll get on top of this situation," Bush said, "and we're going to help the people that need help."


Anonymous doublethink said...

sorry for being skeptical, but I see another whitewash, cover up coming. More scape-goats to be had. Bullshit excuses, some long drawn out 800 page report which won't have a damn thing to what we have seen with our own eyes. No accountability from the top. Peace.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous SledDriver said...

With 28 pages missing.

probably the ones concerning the funding for the levees that went to tax cuts for the wealthy and Iraq.

1:57 AM  
Anonymous global1 said...

It's Already Decided......
it's the LA Governor and NO Mayor's fault.

2:02 AM  
Anonymous 1932 said...

Do you think Bush will claim that emergency preparation plans are
top secret. Bush and Cheney will only give evidence in a one hour interview, handwritten notes only, Senators only (no staff members) allowed to attend?

2:02 AM  
Anonymous katsy said...

A "closed to the media" briefing???
Isn't the media the reason we all knew (as best as MSM can cover) what was going on? What are you going to do? Rewrite history?

WTF is this all about and what fucking good is it? Politicians investigating politicians? I mean "briefing" not investigating.

Hello washington you screwed up motherfucking bloodsucking shit for brains thieving lying sons of whores maggots!

Phuck you.

Open the phucking briefings.

You screwed the 9/11 families... we won't be fooled again.

Closed briefing????? Here let me save you whores some big money and predict your answer: "Everyone did the best they could under the circumstances."

Phuck you... that is not good enough.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous FloridaPat said...

How about an independent council and I get to pick the person.

2:07 AM  
Anonymous doublethink said...

Yea closed to the Press ....
business as usual ... oh and it says ""immense failure of the government" -snip- it doesn't exactly say Federal Government ...... Why don't they just skip it and save my tax dollars on this bullshit? The blame will never be placed where it should and they know it. Damn do they think we haven't seen this M.O. before? Peace.

2:13 AM  
Anonymous katsy said...

This is crazy.
You're right... why bother.

2:13 AM  
Anonymous botany said...

Welcome to the real world US Senate ......
...... failures in the bush admin?

a la Casablanca ....... "I am shocked!"

btw .... as long as you are looking .... Ohio 04 .... DSMs ....... Plame ......
Haliburton contracts ............ election 2000 ........ 9/11 ........ funding for
levees ....... FEMA ....... Cheney dead or alive? ...... Jeff "Man Cannon" Gannon .....
....... the budget surplus ........ no child left behind ...... wetland development ....
AWOL bush ...... Ray Lemme ...... bush family Saudi connection ..... Salmon
(pacific wild run) going extinct ...... Media manipulation ..... PNAC .......

the sad thing is I could go on and on .....

the asshole has to go!

2:19 AM  
Anonymous WildClarySage said...

This just reeks of damage control, not fact-finding.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous shance said...

Bullshit on investigations. While they have their head up their asses,
people are dying.

These pathetic people we call leaders.

They are so fucking scared they can't come out of their meetings to do anything like fucking LEAD.


Talking about the Estate tax? Harry, while you've been fly fishing, there's been a little emergency.

Where is NANCY PELOSI? Talking about bipartisanship with the Republicans who most are which are now raping this nation and enabling the killing that is happening in New Orleans? Cut back on the wine Nancy. We need you to be a leader, if that's possible.

New Orleans is turning into IRAQ. The Administration is cutting off aid to New Orleans residents and turning people back at the State Lines. What does that sound like to you? IT's looking like that's the plan.


2:20 AM  
Anonymous chomskysright said...

blather on, US Senate: YOU'VE LOST US...

2:20 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

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2:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Great post. Great blog. I just found you on BE. I'll be back. Keep blasting away at the wingnuts. It's gotta be done.

2:56 AM  
Anonymous doublethink said...

Someone needs to inform ..
Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman that this Catastrophe is still ONGOING. And would they please attempt to use their time as public officials more wisely in the near future. Like maybe concentrate on getting these people some more desperately needed help? Just the fact that they can take the time to announce some cockamamie 'investigation' while these people are still dying, trapped, starving, dehydrating, proves to me that YES our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS FAILING US. RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT. AND THE TWO OF THEM ARE CULPRITS IN THIS FAILURE. My investigation only took one paragraph, saved taxpayers a lot of money. And hopefully got these two Senators priority's straight. Please pass this on. Peace.

3:25 AM  
Anonymous 1932 said...

Do you think Bush will claim that emergency preparation plans are
top secret. Bush and Cheney will only give evidence in a one hour interview, handwritten notes only, Senators only (no staff members) allowed to attend?

3:25 AM  
Blogger Jane King said...

I am so glad we are spending all our money on that stupid usless war.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous zann725 said...

Lieberman investingating the Pugs? The one he kissed on camera?
This is a sham...heading off any REAL investigation as to the TRUE criminal behavior and intentional negligience of this Admin.

Where are the TRUE Dem's...Boxer, Durbin, Kennedy, Kerry? There names and voices are nowhere here.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous panda1 said...

Lieberman? I smell exoneration.
Investigation? Excuse me while I vomit.
Like he helped us out in 2000? No thanks.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Don Claybrook said...

This is no time to be placing blame
I'm sure Lieberman's investigation is going to be positive, look toward the future. I'll bet he'll empanel a blue ribbon committee to look at the causes of hurricanes and what we can do to make insurance companies less liable the next time a hurricane attacks our proud nation. I'm thinking Arlen Spector should be pulled into this one too. He's pretty good with an investigation, you know.

Always look to the bright side: be the first on your block to get a fleur de lis magnet with American flag overlay for your car.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous texpatriot2004 said...

It is an "Immense Failure." Colossal in my book. n/t

3:26 PM  

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