Are Police the Best Response?
A few weeks ago, it came out that the MTA wasn’t spending their security budget:
In December 2002, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced it had completed a lengthy assessment of potential threats to the city’s transportation infrastructure, from subway lines to major bridges. The authority, which had begun the study in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, said it was committing nearly $600 million to improve the security of the sprawling transportation network.
But to date, two and a half years after that announcement and nearly four years after Sept. 11, only a small fraction – about $30 million as of March – has been spent, and nearly all of that on consultants and additional study.
Slate has some commentary as well, in “Planning Gridlock.”
My take is that the number one way they should be spending the money is real training for the real first responders: the people of New York. Teach them how to spot a bomber. Teach them what to do. Teach them first aid and CPR. Because the people of New York will always be the first ones present at a terrorist attack in New York, and their response will make a difference.