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Narrated by Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss and featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives to speak out, and politicians from both sides of the aisle (including Barack Obama and John McCain), this searing documentary exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us - a cautionary tale for those who trust their government, and a wake-up call to Americans everywhere.
AMERICA BETRAYED will give you a new view of your government. See it! --Fox News Radio
- Interview with Director Leslie Carde
- Bonus Scenes: "Whistleblowers." "Revolving Doors" and "Scratching Backs"
- Resource Guide
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This is a factual, well documented study of one of the two greatest engineering disasters of the last 100 years. (The other was the meltdown of the nuclear plant at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union.)
Some basic points:
This was not a "natural" disaster. It was a direct result of billions of your tax dollars being used to pay for all sorts of idiotic projects to benefit private, politically connected interests while money for the levies to protect the people of New Orleans was neglected. Katrina was not even a Category 4 storm. It was a category 3 storm. The disaster that ensued was a direct result of public works projects that destroyed the wetlands protecting the city and even built a huge ship canal (that did not work properly) which would channel the full force of the storm into the city.
Warning. If you live near levies, you should get this film and check out the resources listed. You could be in danger too. Other levies around the country have also been neglected.
Spending on infrastructure to protect people in our nation has been neglected for years while public money has gone to help gambling casinos and other forms of politically connected "development".
Educate yourself. Become an active citizen. This film shows your life and property could very well be in danger.
If this sounds extreme, watch this film. Don't take my word for it. Make up your own mind. This is very disturbing material.
Writer/director Leslie Carde finds her villain in the US Army Corps of Engineers, an agency whose primary aim is supposed to be that of protecting the nation's citizenry from potential disasters caused by the structural failure of dams, bridges, levees, buildings etc. Instead, the Corps, in cahoots with the many politicians and congressmen who work right along with it, has been found, over and over again, to be derelict in its duties - guilty of negligence, of employing harmful cost-cutting measures, of having misplaced priorities, of engaging in outright deception, and of brokering sweetheart deals with pet contractors. The movie is unsparing in its treatment of the Corps, and Carde clearly views it as her own personal mission to hold that organization accountable for the many acts of criminal malfeasance it has engaged in over the years. I think it speaks volumes that no member of the Corps was willing to be interviewed for this film.
The movie chooses as its focal point the catastrophic failure of the levees in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in the almost complete annihilation of one of America`s premier cities. Interviewee after interviewee refers to Katrina not as a "natural" disaster but as a man-made one. And given the facts as Carde lays them out for us, the film makes a very convincing case for that argument.
The scenes set in New Orleans - both during the hurricane and in the wake of its aftermath - are heartbreaking in the extreme. But it isn't just in New Orleans that the problem lies.Read more ›
Right at the beginning of the documentary, we are told that the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, was not the result of a natural disaster. We learn that it was actually a man-made disaster, in which 80% of the city was sadly flooded - a hell that could had been prevented. Director Leslie Cardé remarkably documents how this failure was the result of the relationship that the US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) incompetent management and the greedy corporate sector - via profitable contracts - has. The USACE is the agency that is in charge of planning and designing of bridges, dams, levees, and similar structures that serve the nation. Cardé interviews several agency and government officials, academicians, etc., and provides evidence after evidence of how the USACE builds relationships with corrupt politicians and hires contractors with shadowy reputations, which unashamedly overbill their employers, hence the taxpayers money.Read more ›
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As time has gone on I find myself seeking out information to become more aware of the world outside my immediate surroundings. I knew the Dept. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MaeBe43
This movie explains so much. Now many pieces of the puzzle come together. Why are so many people self destructive when it comes to our country? Now I know why. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Speaker for Myself
I found it funny that the movie about the outlaw Army Corps of Engineers still manages to portray Republicans (Bush) as bad and Demos as good (Bammy boy and that Mary Loretta... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rascal