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2005/12/4

Required Reading for December 4

@ 11:28 PM (106 months, 28 days ago)

9/11 Panel Gives Gov't Poor Marks on ReformMembers of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project (formerly the 9/11 Commission) said the government deserves a "dismal grade for its lack of urgency in enacting strong security measures to prevent terror attacks."  Thomas Kean, a former Republican Governor (R-NJ) and former head of the 9/11 Commission, says the government's performance is "not very well."

Documents Show Katrina's Political Storm- Newly released documents show that Governor Kathleen Blanco warned the federal government before Hurricane Katrina struck, that the hurricane was expected to be of such a magnitude, that would be beyond the scope and capability of local or state resources, and that the state of Louisiana would need the federal government's help.  The day before Katrina made landfall, Blanco sent a letter to the White House which said: ""I have determined that this incident will be of such severity and magnitude that effective response will be beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance will be necessary."