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NEWS: Louisiana Officials Indicted Before Katrina Hit

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posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:07 AM
Two senior officials with the Louisiana office of emergency preparedness have been indicted as part of an ongoing investigation into mismanagement and failure to account for as much as $60 million in federal funds received from FEMA under the Hazard Mitigation Grant program.
WASHINGTON — Senior officials in Louisiana's emergency planning agency already were awaiting trial over allegations stemming from a federal investigation into waste, mismanagement and missing funds when Hurricane Katrina struck.

And federal auditors are still trying to track as much as $60 million in unaccounted for funds that were funneled to the state from the Federal Emergency Management Agency dating back to 1998.

In March, FEMA demanded that Louisiana repay $30.4 million to the federal government.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

It strikes me that this provides further proof that the blame for the tragedy which occured in New Orleans cannot be placed solely on president Bush and the federal government.

In addition, this lends a lot of credence to the idea that a significant amount of blame can be placed on the state and local government for not properly preparing for just this sort of disaster.

Finally, it makes me wonder just what will happen to the billions of taxpayer dollars that are about to be handed over to the same agencies.

[edit on 18-9-2005 by Jaryn]

[edit on 18-9-2005 by Jaryn]

posted on Sep, 20 2005 @ 12:20 PM
It disgusts me that this story or rather my reporting of it could be vetoed for "bias".

The only possible bias I can see would be that I suggested that Bush and the federal govt can't be fully to blame if state and local govt misappropriated federal funds that were to be used to prepare for or possibly prevent the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans.

To have this posting rejected on this basis proves to me that someone in the position to shut down ATSNN postings is so severely anti Bush that they found this offensive because it would weaken their argument.

Just FYI for whoever that is: I didn't vote for Bush and think he is the worst president we have had in my 40 years of life. However that does not mean that he is to blame for everything....get over yourself and your agenda!

We (I see ATS as a community) have a responsibility to point out to each other the failings and misdeeds of ALL of our govt and society - not just what you (whoever you are) want to hear!!

Sad to say that this will most likely be my last post here as censorship should not exist in a community such as ours unless I were posting something that is in direct violation of the rules of the site.

Besides...whoever had enough power to kill this story will most likely have enough power to ban me for life for suggesting that they did.

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