Security grants cited as wasteful
Counterterrorism purchases criticized amid U.S. budget woes.
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