House Probe Blames "Passivity"

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A U.S. House inquiry has concluded government at all levels took only an indifferent stance toward disaster preparations after the 2001 terror attacks, leaving the Gulf Coast unnecessarily vulnerable to Hurricane Katrina.

Finding fault from the White House down to local parish officials, the House investigation concluded that authorities failed to move quickly to protect people, even when faced with warnings days ahead of the storm Aug. 29, 2005.

The final report, written by a special House committee, was obtained Tuesday night by The Associated Press.

Parts of the report were released last Sunday and the full report is set to be released Wednesday.

The 520-page document concludes that passivity did the most damage, and a "failure of initiative cost lives, prolonged suffering, and left all Americans justifiably concerned our government is no better prepared to protect its people than it was before 9/11."

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