Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How Much Are You Willing to Pay to be Terrorism Free?

A decade after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, federal and state governments are spending about $75 billion a year on domestic security, setting up sophisticated radio networks, upgrading emergency medical response equipment, installing surveillance cameras and bombproof walls, and outfitting airport screeners to detect an ever-evolving list of mobile explosives.

The Los Angeles Times asks, “How effective has that 10-year spending spree been?”

"The number of people worldwide who are killed by Muslim-type terrorists, Al Qaeda wannabes, is maybe a few hundred outside of war zones. It's basically the same number of people who die drowning in the bathtub each year," John Mueller, an Ohio State University professor who has written extensively about the balance between threat and expenditures in fighting terrorism, told the Times.

"So if your chance of being killed by a terrorist in the United States is 1 in 3.5 million, the question is, how much do you want to spend to get that down to 1 in 4.5 million?" he said.

The reckless spending on countless projects is startling and thoroughly chronicled in the Times article. To read more:,0,4574475,full.story

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