Bankrupting the war on terror, cont.

By Geraldine Sealey
September 13, 2004 10:18PM (UTC)
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Time magazine's investigative reporting duo Barlett and Steele have a disturbing report in this week's issue about a particularly weak link in homeland security: Border protection.

"Despite all the talk of homeland security, sneaking into the U.S. is scandalously easy -- and on the rise. Millions of illegal aliens will pour across the U.S.-Mexican border this year, many from countries hostile to America ... The U.S.'s borders, rather than becoming more secure since 9/11, have grown even more porous. And the trend has accelerated in the past year. It's fair to estimate, based on a TIME investigation, that the number of illegal aliens flooding into the U.S. this year will total 3 million -- enough to fill 22,000 Boeing 737-700 airliners, or 60 flights every day for a year."

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Another example of how Bush, as Farhad Manjoo points out in Salon, is bankrupting the war on terror and jeopardizing homeland security by spending billions on a needless war in Iraq instead of protecting us at home.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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