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Bush's Homeland Security Falls Short-Was Trying to Divert $6 million from explosives detection technology
 


11 August 2006 at 9:37:33 PM
salon

Seems to me that despite any bluster and parrotting of the phrase "Islamo-facism", whatever the heck that means, by Bush, that when a government not only does NOT spend money and time on attempting to make the skies safer by implementing detection for explosives, but goes so far as to try to divert money explicitly set aside for that purpose, that government's speeches about protecting the homeland are only empty, impotent words of failure

While the British terror suspects were hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology.

Also, the government already HAD a liquid explosives detector but somehow didn't get around to testing it yet.

The administration also was slow to start testing a new liquid explosives detector that the Japanese government provided to the United States earlier this year.

The British plot to blow up as many as 10 American airlines on trans-Atlantic flights was to involve liquid explosives.

When the Bush administration quietly tried to divert the money, both Republicans and Democrats stopped it.

The administration's most recent budget request also mystified lawmakers. It asked to take $6 million from Homeland S&T's 2006 budget that was supposed to be used to develop explosives detection technology and instead divert it to cover a budget shortfall in the Federal Protective Service, which provides security around government buildings.


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