Oh, there's a "Border" there?
While New York City tabloids have had fun coming up with clever headlines to decry the steep decline in homeland security funding under a new "threat-based" formula, Buffalo's one paper has been a touch more subdued. People here are somewhat more numb to bad news, perhaps.
Today's headline: "Terror threat assessment of region may now consider border"
WNY's homeland security funds dropped from $10 million in 2005 to $3 million in 2006 as a result of a threat reassessment that saw the region plunge from 25th to 46th out of 46 urban areas.
The problem is that the assessment evidently did not factor in the fact that Buffalo-Niagara is on the Canadian border; the alleged terror plotters arrested several weeks ago near Toronto were about an hour's drive from the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.
Yesterday in Buffalo, Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-Clarence) squired Homeland Security Undersecretary George Foresman around the region. Reynolds is quoted in today's Buffalo News as saying:
The undersecretary got to see first hand our proximity to the border.
Perhaps DHS could acquaint itself better with the geography of the United States before developing its threat assessments.