Thursday, September 01, 2005

More Lies As People In New Orleans Die

Today, on Good Morning America our President was interviewed by Diane Sawyer and he asserted that there was no way the breach in the levees could have been anticipated. Homeland security director Michael Chertoff has repeated the same statement.

This is an absolute lie.

On December 1st, 2001 the Houston Chronicle documented the fact that FEMA considered one of the top three most likely disaster scenarios to hit the United States was a hurricane hitting New Orleans and flooding the city. The article said: In the face of an approaching storm, scientists say, the city's less-than-adequate evacuation routes would strand 250,000 people or more, and probably kill one of 10 left behind as the city drowned under 20 feet of water. Thousands of refugees could land in Houston.

The New Orleans Times Picayune documented the Bush administration cutting funds to repair the levees in a series of nine articles that ran from 2003 to 2005. They predicted the failure of the levee system explicitly. In fact, they document that one of the projects ongoing was to fix the exact section of the levee that failed.

On top of that, the Bush administration has crippled the federal agency that would coordinate rescue and relief efforts.

You might think that in the face of this catastrophe, the employees of the Department of Health and Human Services would be gearing up to help the folks in LA, MS and AL. You would be dead wrong. From Americablog, they are preparing to go to a country music concert sponsored by the Department of Defense (which you think would be busy with Iraq) to memorialize 9/11:

From: Announcements to all U.S. DHHS Employees
[mailto:HHS-STAFF@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of News, HHS (HHS/OS)
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 4:57 PM
Subject: Commemoration of Patriot Day

In twelve days, we will commemorate Patriot Day, a day to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a day to honor members of the Armed Forces currently serving at home and abroad, and a day to reiterate our commitment to the freedoms we enjoy. I will honor Patriot Day by participating in the Freedom Walk, a memorial event sponsored by the Department of Defense. I invite you as employees of the Department of Health and Human Services to join me.

The Freedom Walk begins at 10 a.m. in the Pentagon's south parking lot, winds two miles through Arlington National Cemetery and over the Potomac River, and ends at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall where country music star Clint Black will perform. The walk is free, but people must register by visiting

September 11 marked a change in the way we view our world, our nation and ourselves. The betterment of ourselves and our country is our response. In whatever way you choose to commemorate the horrendous acts of early September four years ago, let us once again renew our gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy and reaffirm our commitment to tolerance, peace and liberty throughout the world.

Worst. President. Ever.

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