NY Times: ‘Breathtaking’ Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid: Among the many superlatives associated with Hurricane Katrina can now be added this one: it produced one of the most extraordinary displays of scams, schemes and stupefying bureaucratic bungles in modern history, costing taxpayers up to $2 billion.
The Times is doing great work on this story, but no news organization has enough people to do the job the way it should be done. What we need is a citizen-journalism component, where people in the affected communities work with major media to expose the fraud that’s already occurred and prevent new lawbreaking.
This project is sitting there for someone to try. I hope someone will give it some thought.