The following is a list that the President issued. It lists the funding we need to help keep America safe from terrorists. Read the whole thing before commenting.
Screen Checked Baggage: $91.1 million
Screen Carry-On Baggage: $37.8 million
Passenger Profiling: $10 million
Screener Training: $5.3 million
Screen Passengers (portals) and Document Scanners: $1 million
Deploying Existing Technology to Inspect International Air Cargo: $31.4
Provide Additional Air/Counterterrorism Security: $26.6 million
Explosives Detection Training: $1.8 million
Augment FAA Security Research: $20 million
Customs Service: Explosives and Radiation Detection Equipment at Ports: $2.2 million
Anti-Terrorism Assistance to Foreign Governments: $2 million
Capacity to Collect and Assemble Explosives Data: $2.1 million
Improve Domestic Intelligence: $38.9 million
Critical Incident Response Teams for Post-Blast Deployment: $7.2 million
Additional Security for Federal Facilities: $6.7 million
Firefighter/Emergency Services Financial Assistance: $2.7 million
Public Building and Museum Security: $7.3 million
Improve Technology to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling: $8 million
Critical Incident Response Facility: $2 million
Counter-Terrorism Fund: $35 million
Explosives Intelligence and Support Systems: $14.2 million
Office of Emergency Preparedness: $5.8 million
The problem? The reactionary Congress refused to fund ANY of these initiatives that were put forth in President Clinton's 1996 Omnibus Anti-Terror Legislation.
Senators Jesse Helms and Trent Lott were openly dismissive of the threats.
Republican Senator Phil Gramm said that many of the eavesdropping ideas were "totalitarian".
Republicans opposed chemical taggants in explosives.
"I think it would be very difficult to do in light of the logistics and the opposition," Rep. Bob Barr, R-Georgia, said. "The (anti-terrorism) funding is there. No new laws are needed."