August 11, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
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.By the way, are they still also blocking funding for checking cargo containers at ports?
Congressional leaders rejected the idea, the latest in a series of steps by the Homeland Security Department that has left lawmakers and some of the department's own experts questioning the commitment to create better anti-terror technologies.
[ . .] 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.
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I've been watching a series of reports on a local station about the Coast Guard. It's their job to patrol the entire coastline of the US and all the ports. They're smaller than the New York City police department! Plus their ships tend to be 25 - 30 years old. They do the best they can, considering.
The sad truth seems to be that the Bush administration DOESN'T WANT any actual national security.
I agree.Be it the coast guard or the National guard who is now basically the same as the regular army.We don't need anyone at home..we'll fight them there.Yeah right.Makes perfect sense to me.We can do that.Till they're here.And we're not.
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