America Betrayed (2009)





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America's national infrastructure was once considered one of our crowning achievements, but in this documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Leslie Cardé, viewers learn how our country's crumbling bridges, dams, levees, and highways put millions of Americans at risk every day. Using an investigation into the little-known causes of the post-Katrina levee failures as a springboard to examine how corruption, collusion, and cronyism have infected the highest levels of government, Cardé and company reveal how the Army Corps of Engineers -- the very agency charged with insuring that our national infrastructure remains intact -- has sacrificed the needs of our nation in favor of entering into self-serving deals with corporate America. Having wasted billions of dollars in taxpayer money on rebuilding other nation's infrastructures while neglecting to ensure that our own are properly maintained, we are forced to watch our streets crumble as lobbyists and gluttonous politicians funnel money into pointless pet projects, and those sent to investigate the matter are bribed into covering up their true findings. Interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, top scientists, United States senators and congressmen, and whistleblowers who risk their lives and livelihood in order to speak out, America Betrayed is a sobering wake-up call to anyone who places blind trust in government, and a challenge to Washington to hold corrupted officials accountable for their misdeeds.
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Critic Reviews for America Betrayed

All Critics (2)

A hard-hitting and distressing documentary about what lies behind infrastructure failures in New Orleans and elsewhere in America.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
Spirituality and Practice

After seeing this, one can't help wondering about the wisdom of spending billions on infrastructure renewal if these are the people who will be entrusted with it.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009

Audience Reviews for America Betrayed

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Levees (But Were Afraid To Ask). Just when you thought the military-industrial circle jerk was confined to war spending. With added preachiness!

Nikolus Ziegler
Nikolus Ziegler

well its hard to tell what is true and what is not in these types of documentarys but this is very interesting stuff and some of what they say does seem to be undeniable...this is a well done piece and i think that it should be viewed.

Shawn Wade
Shawn Wade

This documentary will infuriate those that watch it. Very informative, but also frustrating because you can't help but feel the system will never change. Well pieced together.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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