Bush Admin's Katrina LIHOP - Knew For Hours that levees had Broken, Didn't Tell
Who Warned Levees Would Burst
Hurricane George, Four Years Later
On the night of August 29, 2005, van Heerden was shut in at the state emergency center in Baton Rouge, providing technical advice to the rescue effort. As Hurricane Katrina came ashore, van Heerden and the State Police there were high-fiving it: Katrina missed the city of New Orleans, turning east.
What they did not know was that the levees had cracked. For crucial hours, the White House knew, but withheld the information that the levees of New Orleans had broken and that the city was about to drown. Bush's boys did not notify the State of the flood to come which would have allowed police to launch an emergency hunt for the thousands that remained stranded.
"Fifteen hundred people drowned. That's the bottom line," said van Heerden.
To add insult to injury,
And it marks the end of Dr. van Heerden's career at LSU. They got him. Once the network cameras were turned away from New Orleans, as America and Anderson Cooper shifted attention to Brad and Angelina and other news, the University put an end to Dr. van Heerden. "In 2006 they started the nonsense - they stopped me from teaching. They tried last year to get faculty to vote me out."
His contract was not renewed; he was forced out too, dumped along with the chief of the Hurricane Center who led the academics who supported van Heerden's research.
Recall that a lot of people dismissed the 911 LIHOP by claiming incompetence, as exemplified at Katrina. However, the Katrina LIHOP raises the possibilities that a) the Bush admin was even more incompetent than the Bush Admin apologists had suggested or b) the Katrina LIHOP was deliberately undertaken so as to make the 911 LIHOP more plausible.
Considering the Obama administrations penchant for doing nothing of substance to bring about accountability of the Bushies, my guess is that we will never get an explanation of just why there was the Katrina delay.
BTW, I'm not 100% sure about van Heerden's current status, or that of the chief of the Hurricane Center who also got dumped for supporting him, but if they are still not employed in their field, and anybody can hook them up with a job in their field, PLEASE DO SO.
Also, you can see GaryNull.org for an archive of today's show, where he talked about this report.