bm247 Holding the Army Corps Accountable

A recent court ruling may have dropped the case against the army corps of engineers, but it also pointed to them as responsible for the terrible state of the levees in New Orleans before the Federal Flood. Sandy Rosenthal, founder of levees.org joins me on this program to explain what is happening with the legislative and legal battles being fought in the quest for justice and accountability in NOLA.

The controversial video we discuss can be viewed here.

We Discuss:

  • The Jan. 31st ruling to drop the case against the corps.
  • The 8/29 Investigation Act
  • What has been rebuilt?
  • The Army Corps’ investigation of itself
  • The current presidential candidates and what they say about NOLA

 

note: I had a big technical problem in the recording and that is why Sandy’s audio is so distorted. Still, I fixed what I could and on most sound systems, it should be audible.

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4 thoughts on “bm247 Holding the Army Corps Accountable

  • February 2, 2008 at 1:11 pm
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    Honestly, I’m not a bit surprised that the Army Corps of Engineers was found to not be liable for New Orleans’ levee failures. Typically, as the whole world has seen, when the US military fails, the blame is either placed on someone else, or nowhere at all.

  • February 3, 2008 at 2:18 am
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    Whats really shocking, as if we didnt have enough shocking facts, is that what theyve built since Katrina is very inadequate and basically theyre back to how it was. THAT is a tragedy ontop of a tragedy.

  • February 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm
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    it is shocking indeed. Also when you count the amount of politicians and engineers who made all those trips abroad to get advice on how to get it right this time.

    You know, out of that came an estimate of what it costs to build something similarly endurable to we have over here, about 10 billion dollars. That’s little over what’s spent each month in Iraq.
    Specs:
    * building levees for once in every 10.000 year storms
    * restructuring but preserving the wetlands
    * etc

    Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that the US (policy/industry/innovation) mindset is on the cheap, quick fixes, not on the long term.

    Or it could genuingly just be that ‘that part of the world’ has always been an outcast. Powers that be won’t screw up the status quo.

  • February 4, 2008 at 5:53 am
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    >>Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that the US (policy/industry/innovation) mindset is on the cheap, quick fixes, not on the long term

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