Corps funded ‘spin campaign’ to distort facts after Katrina

Today, Levees.Org revealed new information found in records we obtained under the Freedom of Information Act on the official federal government’s levee study (IPET) after Hurricane Katrina.

These records show that as early as October 2005, the US Army Corps of Engineers directed the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and later paid the group more than $1.1 million for their peer review of the IPET and for giving power point seminars which contained at least 10 falsehoods, 4 significant omissions and numerous misrepresentations.

We strongly feel these power points presented by ASCE staffers at engineering colleges, universities, and conferences both nationwide and abroad were essentially ‘spin campaigns’ cleverly crafted to understate and minimize the US Army Corps’ role in the disastrous flooding on August 29, 2005.

Members of the ASCE are forbidden from making false or exaggerated statements and also from making statements for an interested party unless this is disclosed.

Don’t take our word for it. Watch the power point, and decide for yourself.

Then please click here and demand the 8/29 Investigation Act. Don’t we all deserve levees that work?

Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, Levees.Org

4 responses to “Corps funded ‘spin campaign’ to distort facts after Katrina”

  1. Curious says:

    What are the “10 falsehoods, 4 significant omissions and numerous misrepresentations”? Is your allegation based on fact or just opinion? Please provide your documentation.

  2. Dear Curious,
    The most egregious omission is failure to state that responsibility for the design and construction of the flood protection belongs solely to the corps. I gave the complete list to the media. Write to me at and I will send you a digital version of the complete 4-page list compiled by several experts and engineers.

  3. mominem says:

    Are the documents you obtained under the FOIAR available for download any where?

  4. Dear Mominem,
    The webmaster is my 17 year old son, and he is out of town visiting potential colleges. When he returns this weekend, I will ask him to post the FOIA documents as well as the list of falsehoods and omissions in the power-points.

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