Washington - US senator Hillary Clinton has urged President George W Bush to set up a "Katrina Commission" to probe the government's response to the killer hurricane that has ravaged New Orleans and its surroundings, possibly killing thousands of people.
In a letter sent to the president on Sunday, the wife of former president Bill Clinton and much-rumoured presidential candidate, said the panel should be fashioned after the 9/11 commission that investigated the September 11 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
"It has become increasingly evident that our nation was not prepared," Clinton said in the letter.
She added that the slow pace of relief efforts "seems to confirm that our ability to respond to cataclysmic disasters has not been adequately addressed".
Clinton said she also planned to propose legislation to separate the federal emergency management agency (FEMA) from the department of homeland security and convert it into a cabinet-level agency.