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NYC: FU Chertoff

I would suggest that Michael Chertoff avoid going to New York City any time in the future without a very large and very well-armed Secret Service detail. 

 

I'm sure someone at the Department of Homeland inSecurity is up for a promotion and a Medal of Freedom after writing a report that claims New York City has zero national monuments or icons, which caused the anti-terrorism budget to be slashed by 40%.

From ABC News' The Blotter: [emphasis mine]

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. "All I can tell you is if you look at their worksheets, and it says that New York City doesn't have any high visibility national icons … I mean, I don't have to list the Brooklyn Bridge, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Stock Exchange," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in response to ABC News' questions. 

[snip]

The form ignored that New York City is the capital of the world financial markets and merely stated the city had four significant bank assets.

Not that New York is a target or anything….

Zero national monuments or icons?! Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ!!

From the New York Daily News: [emphasis mine]

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff determined, however, that cities that have never been targeted by Al Qaeda — like Louisville, Atlanta and Omaha — deserve whopping increases. "This is a knife in the back," fumed a furious Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. "As far as I'm concerned, the Department of Homeland Security has declared war on New York." Mayor Bloomberg ridiculed Homeland Security's reasoning. "When you stop a terrorist, they have a map of New York City in their pocket. They don't have a map of any of the other 46 places or 45 places [that get funding]," he fumed.

[snip]

The fire chief of Charlotte, N.C., admits his city doesn't have any national monuments in danger of being bombed. And a spokesman for Omaha is "not aware" of a single credible threat against his municipality since 9/11.

Yet these cities are among 15 that received an increase in homeland security funding this year, while New York City's allotment was slashed. Most of the lucky localities are using their windfall to buy equipment, beef up training or create emergency response plans. In Louisville, Ky., for instance, the money will go toward creating a new communication system for first responders to a disaster. A spokeswoman drew on the failure of FDNY radios in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11 — even though the tallest building in Louisville tops out at 35 stories.

From Yahoo News:

Others, including Rep. Vito Fossella, … R-Staten Island, say Washington-New York relations were deteriorating steadily well before the funding cut, particularly after the disagreement about the seriousness of the stroller bomb warning.

"Chertoff has done a lot of damage when you think about the fact that his job exists because of Sept. 11 and a giant hole in Manhattan," said Fossella. "They need to immediately transform their responsibilities or pack up and go home."

Once again, the incompetence of the Bush mis-administration is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, but wait, there's more!

Washington, DC – our nation's capitol and scene of a terrorist attack on 9/11; home to the United States Government; 'hub of democracy' (though not lately…) – is also seeing it's anti-terrorism budget cut. 

From the Washington Post: [emphasis mine]

The Department of Homeland Security yesterday slashed anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York, part of an immediately controversial decision to reduce grant funds for major urban areas in the Northeast while providing more to mid-size cities from Jacksonville to Sacramento.

The announcement that the two cities targeted on Sept. 11, 2001, would suffer 40 percent reductions in urban security funds prompted outrage from lawmakers and local officials in both areas, who questioned the wisdom of cutting funds so deeply for cities widely recognized as prime terrorist targets. The decision came less than five months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff unveiled changes in the grants plan intended to focus funding on areas facing the gravest risk of attack.

Heckova job Chertie! 

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June 2, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Congress, Government, Homeland Security, New York, Politics, Terrorism, White House

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