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Surprising list of terror targets compiled by Homeland Security

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by poindexter, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member


    According to this list compile by our government, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.

    "In addition to the petting zoo, in Woodville, Ala., and the Mule Day Parade in Columbia, Tenn., the auditors questioned many entries, including “Nix’s Check Cashing,” “Mall at Sears,” “Ice Cream Parlor,” “Tackle Shop,” “Donut Shop,” “Anti-Cruelty Society” and “Bean Fest.”

    Even people connected to some of those businesses or events are baffled at their inclusion as possible terrorist targets.

    “Seems like someone has gone overboard,” said Larry Buss, who helps organize the Apple and Pork Festival in Clinton, Ill. “Their time could be spent better doing other things, like providing security for the country.”

    Angela McNabb, manager of the Sweetwater Flea Market, which is 50 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., said: “I don’t know where they get their information. We are talking about a flea market here.”

    New York City officials, who have questioned the rationale for the reduction in this year’s antiterrorism grants, were similarly blunt.

    “Now we know why the Homeland Security grant formula came out as wacky as it was,” Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said Tuesday. “This report is the smoking gun that thoroughly indicts the system.”

    The source of the problems, the audit said, appears to be insufficient definitions or standards for inclusion provided to the states, which submit lists of locations for the database.

    New York, for example, lists only 2 percent of the nation’s banking and finance sector assets, which ranks it between North Dakota and Missouri. Washington State lists nearly twice as many national monuments and icons as the District of Columbia.

    Montana, one of the least populous states in the nation, turned up with far more assets than big-population states including Massachusetts, North Carolina and New Jersey.

    The inspector general questions whether many of the sites listed in whole categories — like the 1,305 casinos, 163 water parks, 159 cruise ships, 244 jails, 3,773 malls, 718 mortuaries and 571 nursing homes — should even be included in the tally.

    But the report also notes that the list “may have too few assets in essential areas.” It apparently does not include many major business and finance operations or critical national telecommunications hubs.

    The department does not release the list of 77,069 sites, but the report said that as of January it included 17,327 commercial properties like office buildings, malls and shopping centers, 12,019 government facilities, 8,402 public health buildings, 7,889 power plants and 2,963 sites with chemical or hazardous materials.

    George W. Foresman, the department’s under secretary for preparedness, said the audit misunderstood the purpose of the database, as it was an inventory or catalog of national assets, not a prioritized list of the most critical sites.The database is just one of many sources consulted in deciding antiterrorism grants.

    The inspector general recommends that the department review the list and determine which of the “extremely insignificant” assets that have been included should remain and provide better guidance to states on what to submit in the future.

    Mr. Agen, the Homeland Security Department spokesman, said that he agreed that his agency should provide better directions for the states and that it would do so in the future.

    One business owner who learned from a reporter that a company named Amish Country Popcorn was on the list was at first puzzled. The businessman, Brian Lehman, said he owned the only operation in the country with that name.

    “I am out in the middle of nowhere,” said Mr. Lehman, whose business in Berne, Ind., has five employees and grows and distributes popcorn. “We are nothing but a bunch of Amish buggies and tractors out here. No one would care.”

    But on second thought, he came up with an explanation: “Maybe because popcorn explodes?”"
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    There's a petting zoo in Woodville? Damn, Ms. Slappy loves zoos...
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Two words:

    Revenue streams.
  4. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    I suggest you not go there. It is listed as a terrorist target for a reason.
  5. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Man, are we sure this story didn't come to us courtesy of The Onion? I mean, even the DHS isn't this stupid, is it? What was the rationale or reasoning (or was there?) behind the addition of some of these facilities? Seriously?
  6. markvid

    markvid Guest

    It's CYA...
    The first time a small mall in Idaho gets hit, all of us would be screaming that all the gov't cares about is NYC.
  7. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Mitch Daniels, former administration budget guy, is now governor of Indiana.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I'm still convinced the most effective terrorist act (in terms of changing Americans attitudes) would be one in flyover country.
  9. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

  10. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    I think you're right about that, but the only problem is that terrorists would likely stand out in small-town 'Merica. Unless they were your Tim McVeigh types.
  11. Bubba Fett

    Bubba Fett Active Member

    The lethal gas produced by the animals?
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Bean Fest?
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