What we need to protect our country???

The following is a list that the President issued. It lists the funding we need to help keep America safe from terrorists. Read the whole thing before commenting.

Screen Checked Baggage: $91.1 million

Screen Carry-On Baggage: $37.8 million

Passenger Profiling: $10 million

Screener Training: $5.3 million

Screen Passengers (portals) and Document Scanners: $1 million

Deploying Existing Technology to Inspect International Air Cargo: $31.4
million

Provide Additional Air/Counterterrorism Security: $26.6 million

Explosives Detection Training: $1.8 million

Augment FAA Security Research: $20 million

Customs Service: Explosives and Radiation Detection Equipment at Ports: $2.2 million

Anti-Terrorism Assistance to Foreign Governments: $2 million

Capacity to Collect and Assemble Explosives Data: $2.1 million

Improve Domestic Intelligence: $38.9 million

Critical Incident Response Teams for Post-Blast Deployment: $7.2 million

Additional Security for Federal Facilities: $6.7 million

Firefighter/Emergency Services Financial Assistance: $2.7 million

Public Building and Museum Security: $7.3 million

Improve Technology to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling: $8 million

Critical Incident Response Facility: $2 million

Counter-Terrorism Fund: $35 million

Explosives Intelligence and Support Systems: $14.2 million

Office of Emergency Preparedness: $5.8 million

The problem? The reactionary Congress refused to fund ANY of these initiatives that were put forth in President Clinton's 1996 Omnibus Anti-Terror Legislation.

Why?

Senators Jesse Helms and Trent Lott were openly dismissive of the threats.

Republican Senator Phil Gramm said that many of the eavesdropping ideas were "totalitarian".

Republicans opposed chemical taggants in explosives.

"I think it would be very difficult to do in light of the logistics and the opposition," Rep. Bob Barr, R-Georgia, said. "The (anti-terrorism) funding is there. No new laws are needed."

Comments

pre-9/11

Protecting planes is pre 9/11 thinking. We cant have views like this in a post 9/11 world. In a post 9/11 world we will be attacked by evil countries with nukes, not by terrorists on planes, trains and automobiles.

......oh wait.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

The big lie, Part 273

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former President Bill Clinton says he warned President George W. Bush before he left office in 2001 that Osama bin Laden was the biggest security threat the United States faced.
Speaking at a luncheon sponsored by the History Channel on Wednesday, Clinton said he discussed security issues with Bush in his "exit interview," a formal and often candid meeting between a sitting president and the president-elect.
"In his campaign, Bush had said he thought the biggest security issue was Iraq and a national missile defence," Clinton said. "I told him that in my opinion, the biggest security problem was Osama bin Laden."

Bush administration denied this until the 9/11 Commission proved it as a fact.

Clinton warned Bush, Bush asked where the potty was.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Buck fush.

nt

That is the bumper sticker

the photographer couldn't include in the photo......:)


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interesting

You cant spell George W Bush without the W key

You also cant spell
War

But you can spell
Terrorism
Protection
Safety
Security

hmm... maybe there was more than one reason they were so pissed at clinton in january of 01

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

Totalitarians V Fascists

I guess it's Totalitarians versus Islamic Fascists now.

Phil Gramm said that many of the eavesdropping ideas were "totalitarian"

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An eagle eye...

Hey guys, if you want to track the zany behavior of our NC Congressional delegation, check out this excellent WAPO resource:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/109/states/nc/

I subscribe to their RSS vote feeds for Price, Burr, Dole and the aggregate rolecall votes for both Senate and House. As the votes scroll by, I'm always amazed at how many buildings would remain nameless without the proper diligence of Congress.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Or would go through life with the wrong name....

Yes, if it weren't for naming buildings Robin Hayes would have only one piece of legislation to his name that he introduced, nurtured through committee and saw voted through by both houses and signed by the President. In his 8 years....ONE piece of legislation.


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