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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Priorities: Obama cut domestic bomb prevention budget by 45%

President Hussein Obama has asked to maintain funding for the 'Palestinians,' to increase the amount of funding given to the United Nations, and has asked Congress to agree to reinstate funding to UNESCO. But when it comes to preventing terror attacks on the United States' homeland, he's a real budget cutter. President Hussein Obama has cut the budget for preventing domestic terrorism by a whopping 45%!
Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others.

He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, 'but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today.'

'Comparatively,' he added, 'the Defense Department's Joint IED Defeat Organization had a budget of $1 billion per year focused on preventing IEDs in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters.'

'Clearly more money needs to be focused on countering domestic IEDs,' Liscouski concluded.

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