Two Crimes ‘American Crime Story’ Should Cover

The failure of FEMA to deliver a MERS (Mobile Emergency Response Support) vehicle is one of the crimes 'American Crime Story' should cover. Photo/ James Stewart

The failure of FEMA to deliver a MERS (Mobile Emergency Response Support) vehicle is one of the crimes ‘American Crime Story’ should cover. Photo/ James Stewart

The producers of “American Crime Story” recently announced that the second season of the popular true crime anthology TV series will focus on Hurricane Katrina. Critical reaction appeared to be decidedly against the decision to focus on the 2005 hurricane and its aftermath.

“What specific crime was committed?” asks Alexander Koch, writer for MOVIEPILOT. “We’d prefer the show remain more in the true-crime realm,” says CarterMatt.com.

In contrast, my reaction to the producers’ decision could not be more positive. It’s about time for the many crimes of Katrina to be told to a wider audience.

For example, due to poor logistics and planning, FEMA was unable to get life-giving ice to many of the areas that were desperately requesting it. What did arrive were frivolous items like heaters for people with hypothermia. And the list of wasteful federal spending is long: nearly $1 billion on travel trailers that were unusable, temporary blue tarp roofs that cost as much as permanent roofs, and multiple layers of contractors taking their cut for debris removal while local businesses were left out.

But two crimes stand out as the most egregious, yet seem to be the least well known.

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Levees.org to host 5th Annual Levee Breach Bike Tour

Photo by Rick Moore

Photo by Rick Moore

Register today for our 5th Annual Guided Levee Breach Bike Tour!

WHEN: Sat, April 16, 2016
TIME: 9 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Tour departs from City Park
NOTE: You must provide your own bike.

For more about the free interesting tour, click here.

The free two-hour tour is a healthy meaningful way to find out more about the worst civil engineering disaster in U.S. history.

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Levees.org Founder Meets with 6 Distinguished International Journalists

Distinguished journalists

Sandy Rosenthal met with six distinguished journalists at the Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden.

Today, Sandy Rosenthal, the founder of Levees.org met with a delegation ​of six (6) distinguished ​international journalists and one (1) State Department liaison.

The group was visiting the United States through a program with the U.S. Department of State learning about the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society by raising awareness of issues of social concern or by reporting on illegal, irregular, or abusive actions on behalf of government, politicians, or corporations​.

The journalists were from Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Tajikistan.

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