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September 14, 2005 3:00 AM

Co-chairmen of 9-11 commission criticize federal response to storm

The Bush administration should have realized that Hurricane Katrina was a catastrophe of national proportions and mobilized federal troops and equipment even before the storm struck, the co-chairmen of an independent investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said Wednesday. Anyone watching that storm knew it was going to affect Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, said Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. This is not a disaster for the mayor of New Orleans to deal with.

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