Article II, Section 4
Negligent homicide: In 2005, the Bush Administration drastically slashed--by 85 per cent--a spending request of $27.1 million from the US Army Corps of Engineers for levee improvement in New Orleans. The administration reduced the amount to $3.9 million, which Congress later augmented to $5.7 million. The remainder of the request was diverted to the war in Iraq and to Homeland Security.
Deceit: Jefferson Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Walter Maestri said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reneged on a promise to begin relieving county emergency preparedness staffers 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans metropolitan area. Relief was never provided.
Public Endangerment: Without relief and speedy evacuation, the affected areas were turned into breeding ground for serious health problems: rabies, gastro-intestinal infection, tetanus, West Nile virus. Spread of disease as victims are evacuated without medical evaluation and triage to various shelters.
Abandonment of Responsibility: 6,000 people abandoned to their fate at an Exxon-Mobil refinery in Plaquemines Parish. Thousands more left on an I-10 causeway without shelter in New Orleans.
Dissimulation: Plaquemines, St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes declared no-fly zones to prevent press coverage and revelation of the damage.
Willful harm to the citizenry: Refusal to accept immediate disaster and rescue assistance offered by NATO, Canada, France and Spain.