Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Katrina: What did the President Know, and When did He Know It?

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." -- President Bush talking about Hurricane Katrina, September 1, 2005

Looks like he was warned three days earlier of the threat. From the New York Times:

"The White House was told in the hours before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that the city would probably soon be inundated with floodwater, forcing the long-term relocation of hundreds of thousands of people, documents to be released Tuesday by Senate investigators show."

Documents show that a Homeland Security Department report landed at the White House shortly before 2:00 am, August 29. It read in part:

"Any storm rated Category 4 or greater will likely lead to severe flooding and/or levee breaching."

The Times reports other documents scheduled for release today show DHS leaders warned the huricane's impact would be worse than "a doomsday-like emergency planning exercise conducted in Louisiana in July 2004."

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