Federal Response to Katrina Called 'National Disgrace'

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Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff got a grilling today from Senators of both parties. Why did disaster workers run around "like Keystone cops" in response to Hurricane Katrina? At the same time, a committee of House Republicans called the federal response "a national disgrace." Even the Bush White House is said to be preparing a scathing report on the federal response to Katrina. There's a lot of tough talk on Capitol Hill, but will multiple, ongoing investigations find out what really went wrong? Will they produce new strategies for future disasters? Will they be any help to Katrina victims, many of whom are still without housing or jobs?
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Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina

Select Bipartisan Committee's report,

Chertoff's prepared statement to Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs

Chertoff's statement to the National Emergency Managers Association

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

GAO report,

National Emergency Managers Association (NEMA)

Cheney interview with Fox News

Sanger's article on White House handling of shooting accident



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