1. Bush knew Katrina would breech levees

    brian on 2006.03.02
    at 11:46 am

    Contrary to his own public statements (“Who could have predicted…?”), President George Bush knew that the force of Hurricane Katrina would breech New Orleans’ levee system. Last night the AP released previously secret tapes and transcripts where both Bush and Homeland Security were briefed with shocking accuracy of what effect Katrina would have on the Gulf region.

    WASHINGTON – On the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s fateful landfall, President Bush was confident. His homeland security chief appeared relaxed. And warnings of the coming destruction — breached or overrun levees, deaths at the New Orleans Superdome and overwhelming needs for post-storm rescues — were delivered in dramatic terms to all involved. All of it was captured on videotape.The Associated Press obtained the confidential government video and made it public Wednesday, offering Americans their own inside glimpse into the government’s fateful final Katrina preparations after months of fingerpointing and political recriminations.

    “My gut tells me … this is a bad one and a big one,” then-federal disaster chief Michael Brown told the final government-wide briefing the day before Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29.

    The president didn’t ask a single question during the briefing but assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: “We are fully prepared.”
    —Associated Press via Yahoo!News

    This should serve as evidence that all White House records should be public, and that anything else is an absolute outrage.

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