Texan Hog Snares and Drone Among Items Criticized in Homelands Security Budget

Getting priorities straight


HOUSTON — Thanks to the Urban Areas Security Initiative there are two feral hog catchers at the ready to make Liberty County, Texas, a safer place to live.

Like the $65 for the brace of hog snares, the Department of Homeland Security has little idea whether the $7.1 billion it has spent on the initiative during the past decade has provided real security, a new report by government spending watchdog U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says.