Wednesday, July 12, 2006

DHS Determines Unspecified "Beach at End of a Street" To Be Likely Terror Target

Chickenshit nation is revealed in all it's glory:

It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written: Old MacDonald's Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory, the Mule Day Parade, the Sweetwater Flea Market and an unspecified "Beach at End of a Street."

But the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, in a report released Tuesday, found that the list was not child's play: all these "unusual or out-of-place" sites "whose criticality is not readily apparent" are inexplicably included in the federal antiterrorism database.

The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.

The database is used by the Homeland Security Department to help divvy up the hundreds of millions of dollars in antiterrorism grants each year, including the program announced in May that cut money to New York City and Washington by 40 percent, while significantly increasing spending for cities including Louisville, Ky., and Omaha....

In addition to the petting zoo, in Woodville, Ala., and the Mule Day Parade in Columbia, Tenn., the auditors questioned many entries, including "Nix's Check Cashing," "Mall at Sears," "Ice Cream Parlor," "Tackle Shop," "Donut Shop," "Anti-Cruelty Society" and "Bean Fest." ...

"The presence of large numbers of out-of-place assets taints the credibility of the data," the report says.


Blogger DrewL said...

"Taints the credibility of the data"? Now there's an understatement. Who knew that Indiana wears the bullseye for terrorists targeting the U.S.? Serves 'em right, those damn Hoosiers!! ;-)

7/12/2006 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Fool said...

Duck and run Indiana. How does the US government waste so much time on stuff like this? It almost seems like everyone in the Department of Homeland Security went on vacation throughout the US and then just added any place that they went to on to the list. Ridiculous...but kinda funny.

7/13/2006 7:28 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...



7/13/2006 7:51 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...


It seems to be a cynical money grab by some of the heartland states.

7/13/2006 7:53 AM  

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