The Department of Homeland Security has declared that New York City will get it’s terrorism funding slashed over 40% this year because based on it’s new criteria for doling out taxpayer money: they don’t make the cut. From ABC’s Blotter (via ):
New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent–from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.
[...] “I think the facts are clear,” Bloomberg said. “What they’ve really done is taken what was supposed to be threat-based and just started to distribute it as normal pork.”
[...] [Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told ABC News] “The process they used is also somewhat bizarre. They basically subcontracted it out. They, as an agency that has 180,000 employees, they went outside, and (used) some sort of peer review, and those people were not privy to any intelligence information … The, the whole process is really kind of unfathomable to those of us who need this funding.”
Damn it New York, don’t you know you’re supposed to waste all your money on useless contracts buying Segway scooters, shiny new tactical police vehicles and other lobbyist approved law enforcement suppliers if you want to keep getting it?
Build a monument to Bush the great and you’ll get an increase in your yearly pork kickback next time.
Update: Buzzmachine points out that they didn’t get the money because they filled out the forms wrong and faxed them instead of going through the proper steps of electronic filing, saying “How about trying to do what’s right and necessary to protect citizens from terrorist murderers. I thought that’s what a Department of Homeland Security was supposed to do.”