Post Friday: Officials say D.C. at 'low risk' of attack, defending terror funding cuts

Published: Thursday June 1, 2006

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The Department of Homeland Security has ranked Washington D.C. in a low-risk category of terrorist attack or catastrophe, putting it in the bottom 25 percent of U.S. states and territories, as part of a decision that will cost the city millions in anti-terror funds, according to city and federal officials, the WASHINGTON POST will report Friday, RAW STORY has learned. Excerpts:


The news came as irate officials from New York and Washington demanded explanations for why the department slashed funds in a separate urban anti-terrorism program by 40 percent for the metropolitan areas hit hardest by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out these are two cities still at risk," said Washington D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey.

Homeland Security officials said Washington had far fewer potential targets than bigger jurisdictions, such as California, it competed against. They said the decisions came after an elaborate process aimed at fairly dividing anti-terror funds.

"From a risk perspective, even with all the things that the District of Columbia has versus a New York or a Florida or a California, it's a much different case," said Tracy Henke, assistant secretary for grants and training at DHS.

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