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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:12 PM
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Schumer seeks to double funds for rail security
and Chertoff balks at raising the total to 0.1% of the cost so far of the Iraq war.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would seek next week to double the amount of funding allocated in fiscal 2006 to rail security and mass-transit security, including subways and buses.

The amendment to the annual homeland-security spending bill would double the $100 million currently proposed for both mass transit and rail security, allocating $100 million for each. It would also double funding for bus security improvements to $20 million. Fiscal 2006 begins Oct. 1.

"It is clear that we're not doing close to enough and must do more. The soft underbelly of buses and subways and railroads are fully exposed to similar terrorist attacks unless we take real steps to beef up mass transit security immediately," Schumer said, in a written statement.

But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his agency had completed a review of security needs and would be coming out soon with policy proposals of its own.

"I wouldn't make a policy decision driven by a single event," Chertoff said at a news conference. "I think our priority here is to get to the bottom of this, make sure we understand what the dimensions of this set of acts are, who perpetrated them, determine whether there are any lessons in intelligence that we're going to gain from this, and then move forward."

Democrats, including Schumer, have long pushed for increased funding for rail and bus security.

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:31 PM
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1. Let' s see who really stands up for homeland security!
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:15 PM
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2. None of this stuff will work. You can't watch every square inch of
property every minute of the day. It's essentially a waste of money.
The ONLY way to fight terrorism is to stop overthrowing countries, murdering their citizenry and stealing their resources. None of this Homeland Security crap will ever work until we stop our imperialistic brutality.
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:19 PM
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3. Since we have tried, it is hard to know whether it would be more
successful than invasion.

I say, let's spend some real money on homeland security. Let's try it before we knock it.
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