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Anti-Terrorism Funds Buy Wide Array of Pet Projects

Two years after Congress approved a massive infusion of cash to help gird the Washington area against terrorism, much of the $324 million remains unspent or is funding projects with questionable connections to homeland security. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, lawmakers doled out the money quickly, with few restrictions and vague guidelines. Left to interpret needs on their own — and with little regional coordination — cash-strapped local and state officials plugged budget holes, spent millions on pet projects and steered contracts to political allies. Full Story

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