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June 01, 2006

DHS slashes anti-terror funds for NYC and DC

TChris notes that The Department of Homeland Security is slashing anti-terrorism funding for the highest-risk regions and giving more money to lower-risk targets, despite having promised to do the exact opposite:

Department of Homeland Security officials on Wednesday announced 2006 grants that slashed money for New York and Washington 40 percent, while other cities including Omaha and Louisville, Ky., got a surge of new dollars. [...] The net effect was that the grant to New York City, which was $207.6 million last year, will drop to $124.5 million this year. Washington will see its grant dollars drop to $46.5 million this year from $77.5 million. [NYT]


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Damn good thing we've got a mayor from the same party as the President, or we'd really be up a creek, huh?

NYC almost always gets short-changed on Federal and State allocations. Its the opposite of what one might expect. Robert KKK Byrd gets his WV monies, Stevens gets his Bridge to Nowhere funds, it is a bit of a joke, Hillary and Chuckie and their predecessors think big thoughts and fail to deliver.

But the NYC media has reacted to this latest possible injustice with a view that only NY and other very big cities have a terror exposure. This morning's radio was full of it, mocking why Kentucky got got a bump. " You think anyone would want to bomb the Kentucky Derby "?

Well, may-be. If the goal is to spread terror --which it is -- it might not be NYC the next time. It could be a mall in Omaha.

We'd better be thinking outside the box for the entire US, not just Times Square and the Transamerica Pyramid etc

Good. Best thing that could happen. Local jurisdictions are only using the funds to set up little police states. Now, when every rentacop thinks he's homeland-security hero, it's better to keep the special-forces warrior regalia out of local hands.

Hey you thought it was hard for Hugh Hewitt in the Empire State Building? It ain't nothing like being near the tallest building between Chicago and Denver.

I don't know if it is a bad thing that NY and DC are getting their funds cut, but it is a waste to send any of this money to other localities.

NY and DC are the primary targets for terrorists. Everything else is secondary. You might be able to do something worthwhile for both primary targets, but you can not achieve anything significant for ALL of the secondary targets. By spending money on the secondary targets, you are merely switching which individuals are harmed. You are not lessening the harm.

The amount of money necessary to have any beneficial impact on the rest of the country would be staggering. It is much more sound to spend this money proactively rather than reactively. Train interpreters, analysts and spies, bribe people in foreign countries, subvert people. Run psyops to discredit Al Qaeda (good ones, not bone-headed frat boy crap). Actually discover the root causes of anti-Americanism and spend money to genuinely allay those that do not fundamentally have an adverse affect on our security. The last might be the cheapest and most effective.

It probably isn't worthwhile to spend most of the homeland security money the way we do - even the money in NY and DC.

Oh, this story just keeps getting better:

New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent--from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.

The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation's most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History.

I feel safer already.

Uncle Kvetch

Was driving back from Philly today, and who pops up on Sean Hannity ( don't roll your eyes ) but Mr. Chertoff

He was eager to discuss this topic and made two points that if true are interesting:

NY's allocation was reduced significantly this time, because last year's allocation of DHS funds contained a one-time allocation to NYC that made up for the prior year's allocation--which had shortchanged NYC. He claimed that ex this amount, the reduction was a lot less

He claims that the icon issue was TOTAL bullshit as the formula that they had gave a LARGER allocation to buildings such as the Empire State Building by listing them as buildings rather than as icons. Same applies to some of the places you mention.

Not saying its true, but thats what he said.

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