Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Throwing money down the Homeland Security Hole

From USAToday, an article about how ineffectively Homeland Security grants are spent at the state and local levels.

This is so bloody typical...money is ineffectively spent for one purpose. BUT, rather than hold the bureaucracy accountable for the original goal, the money is simply absorbed and "repurposed" and the bureaucracy has an excuse to ask for even more money in next year's budget.  Spending is the problem!!


Homeland Security has given states $380 million to set up the high-tech intelligence centers to help law enforcement officials do what they were not able to do before Sept. 11, 2001: recognize suspicious activity, patterns and people and use the information to prevent terrorist attacks.

However, the centers "have increasingly gravitated toward an all-crimes and even broader all-hazards approach," focusing on traditional criminals and local emergencies, according to a report this month by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).