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  Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture
Sen. Levin: Government accountability linked to national security

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., says the government keeps making mistakes, but no one is being held accountable for them—and that is the wrong signal for federal officials to send to the people of the United States.

Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, will discuss "New Directions in National Security" in the 2005-06 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in Hale Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

The lecture series commemorates the life and work of Josh Rosenthal, a 1979 U-M alumnus who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The lecture series, open to the public, is intended to encourage public discussion of the changes in the world since 9/11.

"Accountability in government is really a national security issue," says Levin. "We have seen this repeatedly in the past few years—from the warnings the government ignored before 9/11; the false intelligence over Iraq's WMD programs; the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay; and now the tragically bungled response to Hurricane Katrina."

Levin serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Select Intelligence Committee.

The lecture is sponsored by the Josh Rosenthal Education Fund at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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