Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Accountability-Katrina

Is it criminal to make statements over the wires that are dishonest?  If you happen to be a government official does it reach the level of being a scheme to defraud of  "honest services"?  Is the government a corporation and therefore subject to the collective knowledge of other officials within their midst; the US government holds corporations to this standard? Is it specific intent, recklessness, or negligence, and does it make difference?

I have a lot of questions.  The bottom line is that after listening to the CNN video clip on AOL here, reading TalkLeft here, reading the Times-Picayune open letter to President Bush here, and John Lewis' letter in Newsweek here and being horrified by the incompetency and disregard of too many these past few days, one has to wonder if this reaches a level of criminality.  And if not, should it?

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