Looks like our US media is keeping this story under the cone of
I tried to use the "Text Against Terror" program one time - but I can't
send texts from my shoe phone.
I heard that they almost caught a terrorist - but they missed him by
Why are we ok about allowing our gov't to waste money like this?
Why does it seem that our gov't is controlled by KAOS?
The U.S. government has blown nearly $6 million on an experimental
“anti-terrorism” program in New Jersey that encourages the public to
send tips via text message from their cellular phones.
Since it was launched in mid-2011, the federally-funded “Text Against
Terror” project has produced no credible tips, according to a local
newspaper report that reveals the feds have poured $5.8 million into the
initiative. Police in New Jersey claim 307 tips have been texted so far
and that includes people “testing the system.”
Of the 307 text messages, 71 “referred to something regarding homeland
security,” according to the New Jersey police chief quoted in the story.
The majority of the 71 texts were investigated, the chief says, and
“eliminated as a cause for concern.” In other words, the costly program,
funded with a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public awareness
grant, is a cash cow that’s accomplished nothing.
The taxpayer dollars have paid for advertising time on local radio and
television as well as fliers and ads on buses and trains. Other expenses
include reserving a domain for unlimited texting capability. In a “rare
instance” when a tip has required a follow-up, the New Jersey police
chief says a state Joint Terrorism Task Force is available to get the
job done. It includes state police, New Jersey’s transit and port
authority police and the FBI.
News of this disturbing waste of public funds for an ineffective
homeland security program comes on the heels of a U.S. Senate report
blasting a huge post-9/11 counterterrorism program that’s received north
of $300 million but hasn’t provided any useful intelligence. Even
scarier is that DHS has covered up the mess from both Congress and the
public, according to the bi-partisan investigators who conducted the
The inept domestic counterterrorism program features fusion centers that
are supposed to share terrorism-related information between state, local
and federal officials. But nine years and more than $300 million later,
the national centers have failed to provide any valuable information,
according to Senate investigators.
Instead they have forwarded “intelligence of uneven quality – oftentimes
shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties
and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already-published
public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism.” A
review of more than a year of fusion center reports nationwide
determined that they were irrelevant, useless or inappropriate.
None uncovered any terrorist threats nor did they contribute to the
disruption of an active terrorist plot, the Senate report says. In fact,
DHS officials acknowledged that the information produced by the fusion
centers was “predominantly useless.” One branch chief actually said “a
bunch of crap is coming through.” Evidently, the same thing applies to
the costly New Jersey text experiment.