Se­cu­rity grants cited as waste­ful

Coun­tert­er­ror­ism pur­chases crit­i­cized amid U.S. bud­get woes.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali­cia A. Cald­well Grants Texas projects in ques­tion DPS rebuts crit­i­cism of items bought with fed­eral coun­tert­er­ror­ism pro­gram money,

WASHINGTON — The Home­land Se­cu­rity De­part­ment paid for an un­der­wa­ter robot in Colum­bus, Ohio, which has no ma­jor rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in ru­ral Lib­erty County and a $21 flsh tank in Seguin, ac­cord­ing to a new con­gres­sional report high­light­ing what it de­scribed as waste­ful spend­ing of tax money in­tended for coun­tert­er­ror­ism pur­poses.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in his 54-page report that while much of the spend­ing for the de­part­ment’s Ur­ban Area Se­cu­rity Ini­tia­tive ap­peared to be al­lowed un­der the pro­gram’s rules, it was still in­ap­pro­pri­ate in an age of aus­ter­ity and as the U.S. government faces a $16 tril­lion debt.

“Ev­ery dol­lar mis­spent in the name of se­cu­rity weak­ens

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