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Unfortunately, the original Patriot Act did not require these funds to be allocated on the basis of risk. Billions have been distributed with virtually no risk assessment, and little planning. Nor has the federal government set preparedness standards to help state and local governments use the money wisely. The District of Columbia used part of its grant to buy leather jackets and to send sanitation workers to self-improvement seminars. Newark bought air-conditioned garbage trucks. Columbus, Ohio, bought body armor for fire department dogs. These are not the priorities of a nation under threat.

 
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Thomas Ken, New Jersey Governor (Republican), Chair, 9-11 Commission, Lee H. Hamilton, U. S. Congressman (Democrat, IN), Vice-Chairman 9-11 Commission, “A Formula for Disaster” New York Times, December 5, 2005

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