So we're about to celebrate being on a list of possible terror targets. Great! We can get public fund to protect our infastructure. What concerns me, is that now we have a greater chance of a "false flag operation," setting off a suitcase nuke in our backyard. So not only do I have to worry about the suspension of the Constitution and Marshall Law, but if I survive an attack, I have to cleanup after these Neocons on their quest to world domination. Are we now heading towards the depopulation of America?
Syracuse will be added today to a list of 60 cities and regions nationwide considered most at risk of a terrorist attack, a label that makes the area eligible for federal counterterrorism money.
The designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security means the region will be able to compete for grants from a pool of $782 million available this fiscal year.
"This is welcome news for the Syracuse area, which will now be eligible to compete for grants that could give local law enforcement officials the tools and resources they need to improve security," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
The Department of Homeland Security is mandated to look at the 100 largest metropolitan areas nationwide to determine which are eligible for the grants. It uses a risk-based formula that looks at a community's proximity to a border, military bases and other potential terrorist targets.
"Our geographic location, in and of itself, kind of puts us at risk," said Peter Alberti, Onondaga County's commissioner of emergency management. "We're at the crossroads of the state. Some of our business and industries make us at risk, also. For example, we're one of the main railway intersections for the Northeast."
Homeland Security officials declined to discuss the changes Thursday. But a congressional aide said the department will expand the list of eligible cities from 46 last year to 60 this year.
Syracuse, Albany and Rochester were added to the list as second-tier cities, making them eligible for less money than the seven highest-risk cities on the list, including New York City.
Syracuse and Onondaga County will work together in deciding which projects to target for grant applications, Alberti said.
"It's a big deal," Alberti said. "There are all kinds of infrastructure security projects, and information and intelligence projects that we have been talking about doing."
Without providing specifics, Alberti said the targeted projects would provide protection for critical facilities, including hospitals, water supplies and communication networks.
"It's for those critical things that keep a community going," Alberti said. "We all have to sit down and prioritize what we are looking for."