AP Report: Terror Budgets May Be Slashed

Concerns exist that previous monies have not been well spent by local authorities


The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Homeland Security Department has given $23 billion to states and local communities to fight terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but one document says the administration is not convinced that the money has been well-spent and thinks the nation's highest-risk cities have largely satisfied their security needs.

Items compiled from Tribune news services.