You can rest easy at night, might friends, secure in the knowledge that the Department of Homeland Security is spending plenty of tax dollars to keep you safe from zombies. That’s right, zombies.
Coburn found that, among other things, DHS was spending money on teaching first responders how to stop flesh-eating ghouls. The report said the event was held by the HALO Corporation “at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa on an island outside San Diego 9 (and) the 5-day summit was deemed an allowable expense by DHS, permitting first responders to use grant funds for the $1,000 entrance fee.” (Read More)
The article above goes on to quote from Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) report.
he marquee event over the [San Diego] summit, however, was its highly-promoted “zombie apocalypse” demonstration. Strategic Operations, a tactical training firm, was hired to put on a “zombie-driven show” designed to simulate a real-life terrorism event. The firm performed two shows on Halloween, which featured 40 actors dressed as zombies getting gunned down by a military tactical unit. Conference attendees were invited to watch the shows as part of their education in emergency response training. Barker explained that, “the idea is to challenge authorities as they respond to extreme medical situations where people become crazed and violent, creating widespread fear and disorder.”
According to the firm’s public relations manager, the exercise was brought about “utilizing Hollywood magic,” and setup in a “parking lot-sized movie set [with] state-of-the-art structures, pyrotechnic battlefield effects, medical special effects, vehicles and blank-firing weapons.” [HALO President Brad] Barker added, however, “This is a very real exercise, this is not some type of big costume party.” (Emphasis added.)
In the report, Coburn concludes that much of the money DHS is spending to keep cities safe has just become a massive entitlement program for cities and states.
This report, Safety at Any Price, exposes misguided and wasteful spending in one of the largest
terror-prevention grant programs at the Department of Homeland Security – the Urban Area
Security Initiative (UASI).
We cannot assume that because the UASI program has an important mission and a large budget
it is accomplishing its goals, however. Significant evidence suggests that the program is
struggling to demonstrate how it is making U.S. cities less vulnerable to attack and more
prepared if one were to occur—despite receiving $7.1 billion in federal funding since 2003.
After ten years, a clear danger for the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant program is
that it would be transformed from a risk-based program targeting security gaps into an
entitlement program for states and cities.
Oh well, but at least some of us will be safe from zombies.
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