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Making Our Garbage Trucks Safe from Terrorists

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Don’t ask us why the U.S. Justice Department was the one signing off on two new, air conditioned garbage trucks for the city of Newark, but the Associated Press reports the $300,000 purchase has come up in the debate over Department of Homeland Security funding for New Jersey, which will take a 33 percent hit this year while neighbor New York gets a 300 per cent increase. A thoughtful look at the issues and any question of accountability is made difficult by DHS secrecy and a New Jersey governor’s executive order that lets counties keep security information confidential. (4/26/05)