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I have always said it wasn’t Katrina, it was the Army Corp of Engineers that caused the flooding and deaths in New Orleans after Katrina hit the gulf. Lots of scientists and just regular folk agreed with me.
What makes this whole thing worse and downright fucking nauseating is that the Army Corp of Engineers rebuilt the levee’s as fucked up as the first set. I wrote about that bullshittery here in May of 2007. It’s from a National Geographic piece that exposed the Army Corp of Engineers construction of the…cough..new levees. The Nat Geo piece is quite extensive, or was as I haven’t checked to see if they still include all the interviews with scientists and aerial footage of the flaw’s in those new and improved levees.
In his feature-length documentary, The Big Uneasy, humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there. As we near the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Shearer speaks to the investigators who poked through the muck as the water receded and a whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers, revealing that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect the New Orleans from future peril.
The Big Uneasy is laced with computer imagery that takes you inside the structures that failed so catastrophically, and boasts never–before–seen video of the moments when New Orleans began to flood and the painstaking investigations that followed. The Big Uneasy marks the beginning of the end of five years of ignorance about what happened to one of our nation’s most treasured cities — and serves as a stark reminder that the same agency that failed to protect New Orleans still exists in other cities across America.
It’s government at it’s worst folks..pure and simple. And New Orleans is still at risk…but who cares…not the Army Corp of Engineers evidently, and dare I say it….the federal government, which includes the culpable parties known as the House of Representatives and the Senate and finally state and local governments and agency’s.
If you wish to see the documentary, the theaters and showtimes can be found on this page at the films website.
I wish I could see it but my neck of the woods is run by rightwing nutters and the film isn’t showing anywhere near me..closest is two hours away in L.A. I can’t wait for the DVD to become available.
Oh, and read the MotherJones piece I link to above by David Corn which highlights much of what the movie exposes. It’s sure to get you angry..at least if you have a pulse and care about people, it should. I still don’t get why folks aren’t up in arms about this fuckery the Army Corp of Engineers pulled…not once…but fucking twice on the City of New Orleans.
The Independent Levee Investigation Team Report (links to which are on the film’s website) is very enlightening and depressing.From the Executive Summary of what went wrong in New Orleans:
In the end, it is concluded that many things went wrong with the New Orleans flood protection system during Hurricane Katrina, and that the resulting catastrophe had it roots in three main causes: (1) a major natural disaster (the Hurricane itself), (2) the poor performance of the flood protection system, due to localized engineering failures, questionable judgments, errors, etc. involved in the detailed design, construction, operation and maintenance of the system, and (3) more global “organizational” and institutional problems associated with the governmental and local organizations responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and funding of the overall flood protection system.
Below is a very short trailer of the documentary.