Five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the flow of federal money targeted to fight terrorism has dwindled and many major U.S. cities are complaining about severe funding cuts. But a review of state records by the Hartford Courant shows that many Connecticut towns won’t spend all they’ve been provided and often had to be pushed just to spend anything.
The Courant found that communities have used the cash for emergency equipment typically funded through a municipal budget, such as air packs, generators and new communication centers. Others have purchased SUVs, all-terrain vehicles and other items some law enforcement authorities say are of marginal anti-terrorism benefit. “Are we using the money in the most expeditious ways to combat terrorism, or are we just getting new equipment for all these towns, some of which they probably don’t even need, so that everybody can feel good?” Clinton Police Chief Joseph Faughnan said.