Sandy Rosenthal from Levees.org says she read Gambit Weeklys recent commentary End the War of Words, which advocates for Levees.org and the American Society of Civil Engineers to join forces in support of an 8/29 Investigation. Rosenthal says she was intrigued by Tom Jacksons comments that an 8/29 Commission shouldnt be about blame, but rather should examine critical soft issues such as how the Corps as a military organization works with Congress and the president in proposing flood-control projects in terms of cost and authorization.
"As a past president of ASCE, I think they would support that kind of investigation at the drop of a hat, Jackson said.
Rosenthal says that the 8/29 Investigation bill Landrieu introduced a bill on the Senate floor and Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) has introduced a version of the bill to the House of Representatives was written by Levees.org with the help of Sen. Vitter and Sen. Landrieus staff, and is about finding out what led to the failures of 8/29 and how to ensure it doesnt happen again.
When [Tom Jackson] talks about what [the 8/29 Investigation] should be thats what it is, Rosenthal says.
Rosenthal also says she wants to be perfectly clear that Levees.orgs fight is with ASCEs administration and its review of the Corps investigation into the levee failures and not with the ASCEs membership. The only problem Rosenthal has with the membership is that it has been silent in regards to the accusations of ethical misconduct committed by the ASCE administration.The membership of ASCE has been loath to step up and stand by us because of a brotherhood bond and fear of retribution, Rosenthal says. And I speak from experience.