Thursday, November 10, 2005

Investigations Underway On N.O. Levee Breaks

From AP:

A federal prosecutor said Thursday he's pursuing tips about corruption relating to the building and maintenance of levees that broke during Hurricane Katrina.

Meanwhile, new evidence has surfaced suggesting steel reinforcements driven into parts of the failed levee system were not nearly as deep as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had thought.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said his office is focused on the political and business relationships of those involved in building the levees, not whether the levees were poorly designed or improperly built.

"We're not in the business of trying to second-guess if something could have been designed and built better," Letten said. "Our investigation is looking into whether there was illegal conduct, whether it be diversion of funds ... that would have contributed to poor execution of the work."

Full article....

Heads need to roll at the local, state and federal levels. Until corrupt and incompetent people in positions of power and influence are held responsible for catastrophes like these, we should expect no better behavior.

Et tu, Iraq?

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