Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Smartest Way to Spend $22 Million?

Do we need this?

H.R. 1955 would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a university-based Center of Excellence for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States. The bill also would establish a commission to investigate the causes of terrorist acts committed by persons raised or living in the United States and would require DHS to prepare reports on certain issues relating to domestic terrorism.

CBO estimates that the agency would spend about $22 million over the 2008-2012 period to implement the legislation.
It sounds like an attempt to centralize and formalize the study of extremism and terrorism. But the marketplace of ideas is a better forum for working this out.

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