Kerry Criticizes Lack of Spending on Homeland SecurityBut there are some more serious indictments by other folks who matter:
Presumptive democratic nominee John F. Kerry on Wednesday called on the Bush administration to do more than just warn about the threat of terrorist attacks and provide communities with enough money to protect potential targets.
"We deserve a president of the United States who doesn't make homeland security a photo opportunity and the rhetoric of a campaign," Kerry said as Attorney General John Ashcroft warned that the latest intelligence showed that al Qaeda is planning another attack in the United States. "We deserve a president who makes America safer."
International Association of Fire Fighters president Harold Schaitberger said it is suspicious that the administration reportedly knew about these threats for more than a month but only chose to publicize them now, as Bush's approval ratings have been sinking.The distrust the Bush thugs have fostered is undeniable. But to have our hometown heroes doubting them puts teeth in it. If the threats bear no fruit, I shudder to think what they'll do then.
"I find the reports in this press conference to be politically convenient at best," said Schaitberger, whose union has endorsed Kerry.
International Brotherhood of Police Officers President David Holway criticized the administration for "sitting on this information" instead of sharing it immediately with police.
"The timing on this is very suspect," Holway said. "We want to make sure that when this information does come out, it comes out in a timely manner."