Saturday, February 19, 2005

Dept. of Homeland Security Fails to Adequately Defend Ports

While Bush has wasted billions in Iraq, creating new enemies rather than aiding the war on terrorism, there's more evidence of the Bush administration's failure to adequtely prepare for defense at home. The New York Times reports:
The Department of Homeland Security has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to protect ports since Sept. 11 without sufficiently focusing on those that are most vulnerable, a policy that could compromise the nation's ability to better defend against terrorist attacks, the department's inspector general has concluded.
Maybe it's coincidence, but I can't help but wonder if there isn't some favoritism in how the money was spent in certain states. For example:
The findings, released earlier this week, were the latest to criticize the Homeland Security Department's antiterrorism grant program, which has come under attack by people who say it has set poor priorities. For example, Wyoming received four times as much antiterrorism money per capita as New York did last year, according to a Congressional report.


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