Wednesday, December 17, 2008

ACOE Denies Responsibility in New Orleans

This was originally posted at 7:02pm, but it's Thursday morning and I'm bumping it up since it only got 25 minutes at the top of the page yesterday.

At least two Army Corps of Engineers employees have been harrassing NOLA blogger Sandy Rosenthal, founder of, for suggesting the Corps built faulty levees in New Orleans. Never mind the scientific evidence, these employees have left comments on Rosenthal's page calling her and other Louisiana residents "stupid," accusing them, without any supporting evidence, of blocking the Corps' work.

While the Corps originally seemed like it would be the one and only government agency to step up and take responsibility, it has since backed away from its original admissions of fault. As you saw in this video, the Corps' response to Rosenthal's accusations - claiming just one employee is at fault (despite Rosenthal's evidence to the contrary) and refusing to take action to stop such abuse of government computers - is just more of the same, part of a long pattern of denying responsiblity and ducking accountablity. It would not be hard for the Corps to stop their employees from harassing Rosenthal; the House of Representatives bars House employees from editing Wikipedia, and I can only think of one or two violations, so such internal fed policing has been done before.


Sandy Rosenthal said...

Thank you for blogging on this issue.

Just to be clear, does the US House of Representatives bar its own staffers from editing Widipedia? Or does it bar Corps of Engineers employees from editing. Or all government employees?

Anonymous said...

Hi Wayward Episcopalian, I like your blog (this is the first time I've seen it).

This isn't really comment-worthy,(more of a message) so as you moderate your comments feel free *not* to approve this one, since it is dreadfully uninteresting - I just wanted to let you know that the official acronym for the Army Corps of Engineers is USACE. Not that it matters, unless someone happens to be searching for info about them by acronym, which seems unlikely...

Nathan Empsall said...

Hey, Sandy, it's an honor to have you stop by! I've been on the list since about the time it started, keep up your good work! The House bans its staffers from editing Wikipedia and clamps down when they disobey that rule, and I'm just using that as an example to show that the Corps could clamp down on its employees who comment on blogs.

Anon, thanks for the information. I've always seen people calling it ACOE, so my guess is that's what people would search for, but then again, it sounds like those people are uninformed, and I'll try to remember to use both acronyms in the future. Thanks!