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Terror target list way behind

The Bush administration’s effort to create a national database of potential terrorist targets such as dams, pipelines, chemical plants and skyscrapers is far behind schedule and may take years to finish. Members of Congress who have seen parts of the classified list being created by the Department of Homeland Security say it’s a haphazard compilation that includes water parks and miniature golf courses but omits some major sites in need of security. “Their list is a joke,” said Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. He called it “an exercise in full employment for bureaucrats, rather than a realistic way to make the country safer.” The department began collecting data a year ago under orders from President Bush. Noting that an attack on one sector can have cascading consequences for the economy and public safety, Bush instructed the department to develop a database of sites and set priorities to protect them. Full Story

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