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Sunday, March 19, 2006

bang for your buck

How much are US taxpayers spending on domestic Homeland Security measures?

The President’s FY 2006 budget request includes a total of $41.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security. This is an increase in total budgetary authority of 7 percent over the enacted FY 2005 funding.

Within DHS, how much is spent on transportation security?

For Fiscal Year 2006 the President's Budget requests $5.3 billion for the Transportation Security Administration.

That's a fair bit of money, $5.3 billion - practically enough to fund the US occupation in Iraq for weeks. So you think it might buy you a little bit of, say, transportation security? Ummm...

Imagine an explosion strong enough to blow a car's trunk apart, caused by a bomb inside a passenger plane. Government sources tell NBC News that federal investigators recently were able to carry materials needed to make a similar homemade bomb through security screening at 21 airports.

In all 21 airports tested, no machine, no swab, no screener anywhere stopped the bomb materials from getting through. Even when investigators deliberately triggered extra screening of bags, no one discovered the materials.

Oops.

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