George Bush had a paltry $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. Barack Obama cut that funding down to $11 million.
These cuts had nothing to do with sequester and predated sequester! Steny Hoyer blamed the Boston bombings on the meager cuts in sequester but didn’t bother to mention the lack of funding for this important budget item.
What makes the lack of funding most egregious is this administration has been warning us about homegrown terrorists for years.
Go to 01:45 of this two-year old video:
Read about the Obama budget slashing at the Daily Mail:
- $20 million budget under Bush became $11 million under Obama
- Both administrations neglected domestic bombing prevention, devoting a tiny fraction of the $1 billion earmarked for IED prevention overseas
- Obama issued a lengthy ‘National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices’ in February but a spokesman won’t say if it failed
The Daily Beast posted a story last July about a top general who warned us last year that IED’s are coming to America.
via the Daily Beast
In Iraq and Afghanistan, homemade, low-tech bombs, often hidden along roadsides, have been some of the deadliest threats to United States soldiers. In Afghanistan alone, these improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, were responsible for 1,290 of the 2,477 U.S. and coalition casualties since 2001, according to iCasualties.org, which tracks troop deaths.
Now, IEDs could be coming to U.S. shores.
According to Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, head of the military’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, some of the same terrorists who amassed the know-how on building IEDs are setting their sights on the U.S.
“Today’s IEDs are relatively simple, low-tech devices, which routinely use command wire, pressure plates, or radio-controlled triggers,” Barbero wrote in written testimony released Thursday ahead of a closed hearing of a subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee. “Many readily available components such as cellphones, agricultural fertilizers and simple electronic transmitters and receivers have legitimate commercial uses, but are easily and increasingly adapted for illicit purposes in manufacturing IEDs…keep reading