Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Target List Misses the Mark

The Department of Homeland Security has had nearly five years to come up with a list of potential targets terrorists might strike. The New York Times reports DHS can't seem to get their priorities straight -- or even sensible -- on the latest list:

"It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written: Old
MacDonald's Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory, the Mule Day Parade, the Sweetwater Flea Market and an unspecified 'Beach at End of a Street.'"

And which states have the most "potential targets" under the DHS's bizarre risk formula? New York? California?

Try Indiana with 8,591 and Wisconsin with 7,146.
“Seems like someone has gone overboard” Larry Buss, Organizer, Apple and Pork Festival, Clinton, Illinois -- one of the DHS listed targets, quoted in the New York Times

New York ranks third on the list with 5,687 potential targets. California comes in 8th on the list with 3,212. That puts the most populus state in the union behind Nebraska. (NYT)

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