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Dear MoveOn member,

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it's clear that we're less safe than we thought.
Four years after September 11th, the federal government failed to respond to an
emergency every bit as dire as a terrorist attack—and it is likely thousands
died.

We need an independent Katrina Commission, modeled after the 9/11 Commission,
to find out what went wrong. But the White House, working off a "Don't Look
Back" strategy, refuses to consider one.1 Instead, President Bush has suggested
that he and his Republican allies in Congress will lead the investigation—a
recipe for a cover up2.


Right.. because the 9/11 commission was so effective...



1. "Living too much in the bubble?" TIME, Sept. 19, 2005.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=898
2. "Bush says he'll find out what went wrong," Associated Press, Sept.
6, 2005.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=895

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abmann From: abmann Date: September 13th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Fucker?" Is that the best you can muster, carpet duster?
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abmann From: abmann Date: September 13th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly.
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abmann From: abmann Date: September 13th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fun movie. :) I liked the cartoon. My favorite was the episode that adapted the Baba Yaga fairy tale. I had the toy version of her.
feodoric From: feodoric Date: September 13th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
*OFF TOPIC*
We should eat chicken wings friday night!
abmann From: abmann Date: September 14th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know the best place to do so on State St thanks to assfingers.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: September 14th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
BW3? Hells yeah.

I'll come with if you can tell me what BW3 stands for without cheating and looking it up on the internet.
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abmann From: abmann Date: September 14th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
MoveOn is quite enamored with the petition. Some how, I do not presuppose that G-dub will listen to petitions - or many members of congress, for that matter.
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: September 14th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though the 9/11 report wasn't "effective" it has done a marvellous job doing what it's supposed to do - analyze the information and make recommendations. These independent commissions can't rewrite laws and or promulgate new laws... They just recommend things.

As for recommendations they make some really good focused and specific ones... Most commissions (I know, I used to serve on one...) make loose, fluid recommendations like, "better management of essential resources." They are political and don't want to piss off anyone, so they don't say anything. The 9/11 commission was able to really avoid a lot of politicing by pretty much slapping everybody around. The 9/11 commission made some pretty good recommendations - "The DHS, Properly supported by Congress, should complete... a biometric entry-exit system, including a single system for speeding qualified travelers" (9/11 commission report, p389).

I actually READ a commission report - strange, eh? They really deviated from the standard government report format and made this whole thing accessable to the public and readable by non-government laypersons.
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