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A Self-Fulfilling Policy From the Department of Homeland Security

new_york_area_060601.jpgHere’s a document to boil your blood. [PDF] It is something that the United States Department of Homeland Security produced, as it does for each city. It is an asset-based threat assessment. This is the one for the city of New York. As the document makes plain, New York is classified as being in the “top 25% for urban area geographic risk”. You might think that that’s the biggest outrage—that there’s no such thing as the “top 0.001% for urban area geographic risk”. You’d be wrong, though. On the left-hand column, the asset column, is DHS’ estimation of the number of national monuments and icons in New York City worth protecting. The estimation? Zero. A pretty sad self-fulfilling prophesy.

Richard Esposito at the ABC News blog reports: “That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent—from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.”

UPDATE: Esposito hears from DHS.

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