Your Anti-Terrorism Dollars at Work


The Omaha World-Herald (registration req'd) took a detailed look at how Nebraska has been spending its anti-terrorism moolah from the federal government. That state, which "got more than twice as much money per capita in 2004 as California, New York or Pennsylvania," now boasts of a $150,000 mobile bomb-detonating robot in Douglas County, a $6,250 John Deere 4×2 Gator for Adams County, and some cattle-herding equipment for Cherry County. Could be worse, of course:

some communities spent money for such items as air-conditioned garbage trucks in New Jersey, a Dale Carnegie speaking course in Washington, D.C., and a paging system at the South Dakota State Fair.

Link via Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.