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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:26 am    Post subject: WE ONLY HAVE OURSELVES TO BLAME
From Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:00 am to Sun Jun 04, 2006 2:59 am (included)
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It was announced on 5/31 that the Homeland Security Office is slashing the anti-terror funds allocated to New York by 40%

At the same time Louisville Kentucky is having its allocation increased by 70% and Newark/Jersey City will be receiving 79% more funds.

It amazes us that the only US city to be a victim of 2 terrorist attacks, a city that lost nearly 3,000 as a result of these attacks is having its terror fund allocation reduced because of a complicated formula based on the number of national monuments we have.

This does not make sense. But has anything since 9/11 ever really made sense.

This is the same agency that has yet to respond to an audit that revealed in June

That there were serious questions about how over $300 million was spent by a firms contracted by the newly formed Transportation Security Administration.

A few of the items listed were:

$5.4 Million for 9 months salary for a chief executive of a firm that received a contract before it was incorporated and has subsequently gone out of business.

$8,100 for elevator operators at the Marriott Marquis Hotel

$125,000 rental fee for six magnetometers that could have been purchased for about $5,000 apiece

$4.4 Million for no show fees for exams not taken by potential candidates

$28,000 for coffee at the Sheraton Hotel in Reston

Almost a year later these findings have not been addressed but they will cut our funding by 40%

Not that we don't think that other cities deserve funds as well but there has to be some rationale behind the distribution.

A city that used last year's funds to purchase sanitation trucks is having its allocation increased by nearly 80%.

Something is wrong with this picture.

The problem is we cannot place all of the blame on the Federal Government.

Last year they took funds back because we did not spend them and we had to get them back in the Katrina Disaster Relief Package.

It wouldn't surprise me if they are also looking at what is happening at Ground Zero and thinking that we do not deserve the funds.

We continue to ignore safety and security issues with the current design.

We will allow structures to be built exempt from the strictest building and fire codes in the country.

We hide memos from counter terrorism experts from the public and elected officials

We allow the Memorial budget to swell to nearly $1 Billion while the project is overseen by politically appointed people who do not appear to answer to anyone.

The problem is that while we think that our funds should not have been cut one only has to look at Ground Zero and the way the project has been mishandled to see why the decision was made.

We only have ourselves to blame.

The Put It Above Ground Campaign
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