Recurring Decimals…..

Everything here is irrelevant

Move along folks, there is nothing to see here……

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….in New York City. Next time you are planning a touristy trip to the big apple, don’t bother. Because according to the Department of Homeland Security, the city has no major national landmarks or icons and therefore is of remote interest to potential terrorists ! (via Neil Gaiman’s blog)

New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. 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.

“All I can tell you is if you look at their worksheets, and it says that New York City doesn’t have any high visibility national icons … I mean, I don’t have to list the Brooklyn Bridge, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Stock Exchange,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in response to ABC News’ questions.

The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation’s most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History.

Do read the whole thing. And read this for a list of the icons that are being protected by the DHS budget.

Gaiman’s final pithy comment really puts everything in context:

I keep finding myself wondering whether there’s a little footnote in the report somewhere explaining that New York did once have a National Landmark, but some people flew a couple of planes into it.


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

June 2, 2006 at 10:08 pm

Posted in Politics, Rants

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  1. heh!

    The final comment was a real winner!

    How idiotic people can get?


    June 3, 2006 at 10:07 am

  2. @ Confused: agree and more importantly, I think this exposes how absurd the bureaucracy can be in any country.


    June 4, 2006 at 6:22 pm

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