Attorneys for the United States continue to spend taxpayer dollars in their efforts to defend the Army Corps of Engineers from liability for the failure of its levees and flood protection in the New Orleans region during Katrina.
This week in New Orleans, federal lawyers attempted to overturn a November 2009 ruling that found the Army Corps of Engineers guilty of negligent maintenance of a shipping channel in eastern New Orleans.
A 30-page report prepared by the American Association of University Professionals (AAUP) reveals that LSU had a 'prevailing position' on the cause of the flooding after Katrina and that Dr. van Heerden's research and public stance ran contrary to that position.
"This is a stunning decision for us because the judge has acknowledged that LSU tried to stop my reporting of the Corps' faulty design of the flood protection levees and of the MRGO (Mississippi River Gulf Outlet)."
The discovery phase of this lawsuit could reveal and make public that the leading hurricane scientists in the state of Louisiana were intimidated and then fired by LSU at the command of the Corps of Engineers for their findings.