Sunday, December 04, 2005
Aren't telephone calls more direct, reliable and efficient?
overness Katspleen Babblineaux BlameCo released copies of "tens of thousands of documents
," including emails, letters, and memos
, "related to the State's preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina."
The documents aren't available online to the general public. Only through the filter of the Mainscreen Media. The governess says "as the media and the[ir subscribing] public read these documents and e-mails" we'll see how capable and competent she and her fellow social workers were. Except you can't see for yourself whether that's true — or even whether those emails include traceable headers — unless you're a churnalist:
NOTE TO WORKING MEDIA FROM THE GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE:
There are approximately 100,000 pages of documents that will be made available to the working media through a web based document management system at the Louisiana Department of Justice. In order to gain access to this system, please send a public records request on your news organization's letterhead including your name, address, telephone number and email address to the Governor's Press Office via personal delivery (4th floor, Louisiana State Capitol), email (pressoffice@GOV.STATE.LA.US) or fax (225-342-6003). Once the authenticity of the letter has been verified, you will receive an email from the Department of Justice giving you instructions on the next step which includes receiving a personal pin number for clearance.
Because the Governor has insisted on a full accounting of the preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina, we have gone to great lengths to ensure the integrity of the process. Although the web based system is ready for access and a vast majority of the documents are available, documents are continually being uploaded to the site. As you carefully review the documents, you may have questions about the content, nature or characterization of certain material. Please do not hesitate to contact the Governor's Press Office at 225-342-9037 for clarification or assistance in obtaining more information.
Public inspection can be arranged by calling the LA Department of Justice at 225-326-6200.
So we peons have to either go to Louisiana to see them or hack into that web based document management system and risk arrest and prosecution. Where's George Soros' Open Society Institute when you need it?
While the Washington Post's take is of the BlameBush! variety, this paragraph somehow evaded its editors' notice:
By early Saturday... (BlameCo's) staff began calling ministers in African American churches, telling them to advise parishioners to "pack and pray." But with the city's evacuation efforts still lagging, (BlameCo) decided she needed to appear publicly with Nagin. Some on her staff expressed concern that such an "artificial event" would pull people from their posts during evacuation preparation, but (BlameCo) "seems to feel that a show of unity is important for the people of the area to see," according to an e-mail. It was decided that the meeting would be held on "Nagin's turf."
At another artificial event two days later
The Weeping Governess® openly cried
while New Orleans died
BlameCo released these documents last Friday apparently in compliance with requests by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well the House Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina:
Congressional Investigation of Hurricane Katrina
From Kathy Gill, Sep 27 2005
Currently, there is no independent investigation of federal, state and local government response to Hurricane Katrina. On 19 September, Republicans dropped their proposal for a Joint House-Senate investigation. The proforma announcement followed the creation of the House "bi-partisan" select committee on 15 September. Democrats are refusing to participate in the proceedings and continue to call for an independent, 9-11
type hype, commission. However, minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D[himmoonbat]-CA) released three Gulf coast representatives from the boycott.
Hopefully these committees will make the documents fully accessible to the real public rather than just MSM analysts and opinion makers.
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