Thursday, July 13, 2006

Dare I ask, is the war on terror being politicized? From a story in yesterday's NY Times:
The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.

The database is used by the Homeland Security Department to help divvy up the hundreds of millions of dollars in antiterrorism grants each year, including the program announced in May that cut money to New York City and Washington by 40 percent, while significantly increasing spending for cities including Louisville, Ky., and Omaha.
Terrorists have it in for Indiana or Kentucky more so than NY or California? Even this hugely-important database appears to be fair game for earmarked pork. Likewise, when it comes down to it, politicians balk at passing the laws necessary to make our ports, chemical factories, and nuclear facilities safe. To them, it's all business-as-usual politics. A disgrace.

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