The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

White House blocking Katrina investigation

It makes senses, in a way. Especially in the week after it was revealed that the White House, contrary to Bush's previous claims, was warned about the potentially catastrophic results of the hurricane several days before it struck Louisiana.

The White House is crippling a Senate inquiry into the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina by barring administration officials from answering questions and failing to hand over documents, senators leading the investigation said Tuesday.

In some cases, staff at the White House and other federal agencies have refused to be interviewed by congressional investigators, said the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition, agency officials won’t answer seemingly innocuous questions about times and dates of meetings and telephone calls with the White House, the senators said.

You'd think they might come clean and try to set things right. Instead, they choose to add another paragraph to history books' discussion of the most corrupt and dishonest administration in the nation's history.

UPDATE: Senator Joe Lieberman actually stated that some officials are telling the investigation committee that they have been instructed by the White House not to co-operate.