Wednesday, February 16, 2005

It's the American Way, Sue the Tsunami

You knew it had to happen sooner or later.
VIENNA (AFX) - A group of Austrian and German victims of the Asian tsunami disaster are to file a lawsuit demanding that Thailand, French hotel chain Accor and US forecasters prove they reacted adequately to the disaster, their lawyers said.

Ok, so you loose someone or property in a natural disaster, sue the U.S. Hurricane trash your house? Sue the U.S. Weather Service. Earthquake brought down your appartment complex? Sue the USGS. Yeah, can't sue the Tsunami, so we will sue the next best thing, the U.S. government. Now, the litigants aren't seeking damages, yet.
They said the suit was not, at present, designed to demand compensation but to uncover evidence that would prove negligence.
To uncover evidence that would prove negligence? That is code for we are looking for a scape-goat. We can't sue for damages yet because this is an act of God. However, if you can find the U.S. et al. negligent, you can then sue them because they didn't predict the tsunami last year, issue international warnings, and use the U.S. Marines and Navy to evacuate the entire population of the Indian Ocean basin. Considering the lesser standards of evidence in civil court, I can only hope that they don't get some lib judge who wants to stick it to the U.S. government (or Bushco). Seeing that the lawsuit was filed in NY, I am not holding my breath.