And I have tons of marshland to sell you with large bridges that go over them.
An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found no evidence of fraud or improper influence in the pump project, handled by the Army Corps of Engineers … the corps has insisted that the pumps would have worked, but last year’s unexpectedly mild hurricane season never tested them. A draft of the GAO report said it was uncertain how well or how long the pumps would have worked if a hurricane had struck …
We always said there was no smoking gun, [Corps Col. Jeffrey Bedey] said.
On to the smoking gun: Whether or not the Corps obtained the pumps through legal means, the problem of working pumps remains unaddressed. At this point, New Orleans will take something that fell off the back of a truck as long as it does the job.
When has the GAO ever investigated anything properly within two weeks? (Note: “The GAO is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. However, GAO’s disclosure policy follows the spirit of the act consistent with GAO’s duties and functions as an agency with primary responsibility to the Congress.” Translation: We’ll let you see our documentation as long as you go through a painful and convoluted process, and cough up the dough).