Bush to slash spending on counter-terrorism activities



What's the Problem, Not Enough Cronies Gettin' Rich: Bush Wants to Cut
Anti-Terror Funding
CBS News, December 1st, 2007
The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for
police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more
than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The
Associated Press.

The Homeland Security Department has given $23 billion to states and
local communities to fight terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks, but
one document says the administration is not convinced that the money
has been well spent and thinks the nation's highest-risk cities have
largely satisfied their security needs.

The department wanted to provide $3.2 billion to help states and
cities protect against terrorist attacks in 2009, but the White House
said it would ask Congress for less than half - $1.4 billion,
according to a Nov. 26 document. The plan calls for outright
elimination of programs for port security, transit security, and local
emergency management operations in the next budget year. This is
President Bush's last budget, and the new administration would have to
live with the funding decisions between Jan. 20 and Sept. 30, 2009.

The proposal to drastically cut Homeland Security grants is at odds
with some of the administration's own policies. For example, the White
House recently promised continued funding for state and regional
intelligence "fusion centers" - information-sharing centers the
administration deems critical to preventing another terrorist attack.
Cutting the grants would limit money available for the centers.

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So -- would one of you rightwingers tell me again about your hero and
his war on terror?

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