“The FY 2015 homeland security grants demonstrate the Department’s continued commitment to strengthening our nation’s ability to prepare and respond to a wide variety of emergencies,” said Secretary Jeb Johnson. “These grant programs reflect the Department’s strong partnerships across all levels of government and the private sector in order to ensure we remain vigilant in an ever-changing threat environment.”
Since fiscal year 2003, DHS has awarded more than $31 billion in preparedness grant funding to law enforcement nationwide!
Overall, the $31.9 billion bill from DHS would provide $1.6 billion more than fiscal 2004 funding levels but $309 million less than the President’s proposed budget. DHS even controls our nations firefighters, they’re getting $4.1 billion in terrorism preparedness grants, wink, wink.
Officials charged with overseeing the programs say it is difficult to directly trace back to DHS the purchase of Bearcat armored vehicles, sound cannons, and other tactical gear
DHS wouldn’t say whether it plans to review any of its grant programs in light of the controversy surrounding the deployment of military-style gear on the streets of Ferguson. One of its main congressional overseers told the Guardian he plans to “continue” scrutiny of the grants, while praising them as necessary.
“Given how the terrorist threat to the world is evolving, how the potential terrorist threat to our nation is evolving, homeland security is becoming a matter of hometown security,” Johnson said.
“The Department of Homeland Security therefore must work with organizations like the New York City police department and other state and local law enforcement.”
According to DHS there are a total of 21 categories that law enforcement can use to purchase things like:
Animals (bomb and drug sniffing dogs) and plants
Animal restraint tools
Small surveillance drones
Explosive entry” equipment
The sedative Lorazepam
The cyanide antidote (and psychoactive recreational drug) Amyl Nitrite
Blast-resistant garbage cans
Millions of dollars are being given to the transportation industry and non-profits to fight terror, wink, wink:
Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.
Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—provides $13 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the FY 2015 UASI-eligible urban areas.
Intercity Passenger Rail – Amtrak (IPR) Program—provides more than $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.
Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—provides more than $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.
Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)—provides more than $87 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.
Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—provides $3 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.