A bunch of people have emailed me about the NY Times article that reports: “The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.”
Obviously, this is absurd. But here’s why I’m not laughing. The busiest international port in the entire Great Lakes region sits about 5 minutes away from my house, and, like every other port in the nation, thanks to some spectacular Congressional legislation in April, its cargo is still largely uninspected. Indiana remains a likely throughway for the materials which could be used in a terrorist attack, so while the government dicks around earmarking money to protect Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, they continue to ignore a gaping hole in our national security that makes Indiana a primary target for exploitation. We’re target-rich, all right. It’s just not for reasons to which anyone’s paying attention.