Friday, January 30, 2009

Frances Townsend's "Diffusion of Accountability"

The NYU School of Law hosted a panel discussion on weapons of mass destruction and the future of terrorism. Ex-White House Homeland Security Adviser Frances Townsend served on the panel. Washington Square News reported:

The event, which featured members of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, showcased the commission’s newest report on the challenges posed by all forms of WMD — chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear — and its recommendations for the new administration’s responsive action.

Among the report’s most startling declarations is the prediction that at least one nuclear weapon will be detonated in the next five years. The panel members also asserted that the threat of nuclear and biological warfare to the United States is on the rise rather than decline.

Frances Townsend believes the American government can be more effective in controlling the world’s supply of WMDs if “the diffusion of accountability that currently exists in our government’s bureaucracy be abolished.”

Diffusion of accountability"? Mrs. Townsend omitted the hospital with the highest patient death toll from her White House Lessons Learned report on Hurricane Katrina. She made no mention of Memorial Medical Center and its 34 deaths. President George W. Bush's corporate friends benefited from her oversight. The Carlyle Group owned LifeCare Hospitals, which rented a floor in Memorial. LifeCare lost 24 patients after landfall. Tenet Health owned Memorial, which had 10 deaths.

Bush served on the board of CaterAir, a Carlyle Group affiliate, in the early 1990's. Brother Jeb landed a nice spot on the Tenet Board of Directors, with compensation of $37,000 a day. The appointment came a year after Frances released her pitiful investigative report. Frances Townsend is the embodiment of diffusion of accountability.

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