Friday, June 02, 2006

Under the category of Really Stupid Things… Homeland Security says terrorists don’t really want to attack Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reports on the latest piece of wisdom from the people running our country.

The Department of Homeland Security has ranked the District (of Columbia) in a low-risk category of terrorist attack or catastrophe, putting it in the bottom 25 percent of U.S. states and territories, as part of a decision that will cost the city millions in anti-terror funds, according to city and federal officials.

The news came as irate officials from New York and Washington demanded explanations for why the department slashed funds in a separate urban anti-terrorism program by 40 percent for the metropolitan areas hit hardest by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The department adopted new, risk-based procedures this year to divide $1.7 billion in 2006 anti-terror funding for states and cities. Officials announced Wednesday that under the biggest program -- involving urban areas -- the capital region's allocation of about $77 million last year would be cut to $46.5 million.
I live in Kansas. I suspect we are low risk, and I’m happy to admit that fact. However, to rank the capital this way is absurd. Do I even have to comment on why?

For the slow learners at Homeland Security here’s a quick primer.

  1. Washington, D.C., is the capital of the country terrorists have labeled the enemy.
  2. One successful strike at any of the government centers in D.C. would have a major effect on the federal government (think FBI headquarters, the White House, the Capitol) and could cripple it, not to mention having a major psychological impact on the country.
  3. One successful strike to any of the monuments in the capital would also kill many people and have a serious impact on the psychology of this nation.

1 comment:

Gregory Frost said...

Ah, our inglorious misleader is cutting funding for security in Washington and Philadelphia among other places...other places that, strangely, voted in overwhelming majority for John Kerry in the previous election. It's almost as if the places most likely to be targeted by terrorists knew something that the average milk cow in Nebraska does not regarding Bush's "security" policies--like that they're a fraud.
However, we should all be thrilled that a town in Alaska (pop: 2500), hundreds of miles from Fairbanks and with no major roadways in or out, won hundreds of thousands of dollars in Homely Security money to install surveillance cameras around town. Watch out, you terr'ists. Doin' a heckuva job, Bushie.