Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bush Refusing To Let Congress See Papers From Katrina Disaster


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Even as Bush and Cheney and the Army of the Night, aka, the corporate news media, run around America shouting that it is OK for them to spy illegally on us all, they refuse to obey Congressional demands for information, haughtily declaring that it is super top secret and nya, nya noogies.

From the New York Times:
The Bush administration, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.

The White House this week also formally notified Representative Richard H. Baker, Republican of Louisiana, that it would not support his legislation creating a federally financed reconstruction program for the state that would bail out homeowners and mortgage lenders. Many Louisiana officials consider the bill crucial to recovery, but administration officials said the state would have to use community development money appropriated by Congress.
So not only is the Little Bubble Boy dictator not going to cooperate with the GOP run Congress, he is also telling the victims of the hurricane to go to hell in a rowboat, too.
"There has been a near total lack of cooperation that has made it impossible, in my opinion, for us to do the thorough investigation that we have a responsibility to do," Senator Joseph I. Lieberman,
Bush is in serious trouble if his top poodle is calling for his scalp. What next,Barr siding with Gore? Heh.

And lest we forget the agony of the survivors, lots of unhappiness, growing despair. From CNN:
A New Orleans couple who had been chased from their home by Hurricane Katrina died in an apparent murder-suicide, leaving behind an infant and a 4-year-old boy who had been beaten so severely he couldn't open his eyes, police said.
You know, even today, they refuse to publish a realistic death toll. Aside from the identified 2,000 bodies, there are still over 3,400 people missing. Minimum.

Swept to sea, for the most part, or still trapped in the ruins, bodies turn up all the time and there is no remarking about it.

I noticed this when the tidalwaves hit last year. Namely, a number of Americans died, over 200, and there was virtually no mention of them, not so much as a peep. Certainly, no totals. Not like, say, Britain, which tabulated carefully how many of their own were swept away.

Since then, the death toll due to global warming here in America climbs ever higher and is ignored ever more studiously. Instead, we revel in our unusally warm winter, forgetting that the weather bodes ill for us. Europe is gripped in a terrible cold wave and this could slide over here, too, but not only that, the warmer it is over the Gulf of Mexico, the Mid Atlantic, the more ferocious the looming hurricane season will be. It looks like it will be massively dangerous starting even earlier than last year!

As we happily build and rebuild in hurricane alley, our government is dragged into bankruptcy, but even with this mess, it doesn't compare to our mess in Iraq which is sucking up financing at a mad rate.
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