In One Eye

Sunday, May 08, 2005
News from the federal lean mean economic machine:
The federal government has spent more than $4.5 billion on equipment to monitor the nation's ports, borders, airports, mail, and air, but most of it will be scrapped because it is ineffective or unreliable, according to a published report.

Much of the equipment was bought during the surge [read that "hysteria"] of antiterrorism spending after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, including devices to detect guns, explosives, and nuclear and biological weapons.

Now the Department of Homeland Security plans to spend billions more to replace or upgrade the equipment, The New York Times reported today.

Although some devices will be replaced because of technological improvements in the last few years, many will be scrapped because they have done little to improve the nation's security ...
In other words, they just don't work.

Evidently, Homeland Security is now going to "listen to the people and respond wisely and sensibly."

Unfortunately, this is a four and a half billion dollar lesson.