Wyoming Explains Why It Needs U.S. Antiterror Aid

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Two men were stopped by a state trooper in February on Interstate 80 near Cheyenne, Wyo. The men, thought to be white supremacists, had nine pipe bombs in the rented trailer attached to their rented truck. Officials disposed of the bombs using a robot bought with a federal antiterrorism grant. That part of the program that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently called “pork barrel politics at its worst,” says the New York Times. Bloomberg said too much money was going to places that face limited threats – like Wyoming, whose population is about half a million and which this year will receive more than $38 a person in antiterrorist financing, more than any other state and seven times the per-person amount going to New York.

The Times say the logic of why so much homeland security money seems to be flowing so freely in Wyoming can be found only below the surface. “If we understand anything about the psychology of terrorism,” said Larry W. Majerus of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, “it is that attacks in the future are likely to be multiple and designed to get the biggest psychological effect they can possibly get. One way to do that is to attack in areas where there is the least capacity to respond,” like Wyoming. If the exit on Interstate 25 marked Missile Drive is not enough of a hint, then models of three intercontinental ballistic missiles standing at the entrance to the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, just off the Interstate, makes it clear why terrorists might want to target the area.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/01/nyregion/01wyoming.html

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