Saturday, September 10, 2005

Independent Katrina Commission

First, a note from MoveOn, and then my letter to the Washington Post. If it never makes it to the paper, here it is for the world.

MoveOn.Org Letter to the Editor: Independent Katrina Commission

The federal response to Hurricane Katrina is a national scandal that requires an independent investigation like the 9/11 Commission, but Republican leaders are trying to set up an investigation they control. Make sure the media hears the public outcry for an independent investigation by writing a letter to the editor calling for a Katrina Commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission. We've set up an online tool that makes submitting a letter easy. You write your letter, choose where you want it to go, and click to send. An effective letter to the editor is short, just a couple of paragraphs. The goal is to show your local media, your neighbors, and even our elected leaders that people want an independent investigation of what happened, and apparently what continues to happen, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Please write a letter today.

My Washington Post Letter to the Editor
We need an independent commission to respond to the inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina, the prolonged negligence of the levee system and the systematic destruction of the wetlands, the latter two having exacerbated the death toll increasing the number of deaths far beyond that of the hurricane itself. Dead bodies floating down Main St, dead bodies trapped in attics, dead bodies at the Superdome and the Convention Center, dead bodies on the tarmac of the airport triage center, and dead bodies at the Astrodome need to be addressed by someone other than those who could potentially be at fault. Willful neglect, ignorance and failure to react IS fault. Failure to cut your vacation short and delay your shoe shopping IS fault. 9/11 widows banned together to force legislation to form an independent commission, and now the entire nation needs to ban together to ensure that Katrina is properly investigated. America needs to revisit the direction of the flow of accountability. America needs to insist upon an independent Katrina Commission!

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