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$35 Billion in DHS grants is 'like winning the lottery' for state, local officials
- So-called bi-partisan "National Security" spending is one giant trough of pork.
- All this spending has not stopped a single gangbanger from committing a crime. So how is it that it will stop terrorism?
The insane Police State spending - There are a Hell of a lot more Gangbangers than terrorists inside the US, but never stopped government from spending endless billions of tax dollars in the name of terrorism.
America is prepared if pumpkin-starved zombies that can only be killed with flavored snowballs invade, thanks to billions of dollars in federal grants to harden the homeland against terror attacks.
What's not clear is whether the United States is any better protected against more conventional attacks by actual humans using guns, bombs or chemical weapons, according to report on wasteful spending of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) money issued today by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
DHS has spent $35 billion since 2003 on grants to help state and local governments prevent and respond to terrorist attacks.
Money flowed through up to 17 different programs with few standards as to what would qualify.
One costly program with particularly ill-defined rules is the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which has funneled more than $7 billion to state and local agencies with virtually no accountability, according to the report says the Washington Examiner.
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Local governments have used UASI money to buy Sno-Cone machines in Michigan, armored vehicles in small towns across the country, and even to pay $1,000-per-person registration fees at a training seminar that featured a session in which 40 actors portraying zombies were gunned down in a parking lot.
"After a decade in operation and many billions spent, it is unclear to what extent UASI and other DHS grant programs have made our nation's cities safer and more prepared," Coburn's report said.
"With so few accountability measures in place, there is almost no way to ensure taxpayers are getting value for their money, and more importantly, whether they are safe," the report said.
Money has been wasted in big cities and small, according to Coburn. Chicago and other Cook County, Illinois, governments spent $45.6 million in DHS grants to install surveillance cameras throughout the city and in police cars between 2003 and 2009. The project never worked and was eventually abandoned.
The tiny town of Keane, N.H., justified its plan to buy a similar vehicle using DHS grant money by saying in its grant application that it could be used to protect the annual Pumpkin Festival.
The use of federal grants to purchase armored vehicles has become so commonplace that some manufacturers advertise in-house representatives who can help police departments prepare their applications to DHS.