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Zoos, Museums Receiving DHS Anti-Terrorism Funds

'The program is a bit of a boondoggle with large sums of taxpayer dollars going to institutions unlikely to encounter a terrorist threat... '

(Adam Andrzejewski – RealClear Wire) The Department of Homeland Security spent $520 million over three years on nonprofits it deems “at high risk of terrorist attack.” Some of those recipients may raise eyebrows.

DHS’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program spent $90 million in 2020, $180 million in 2021 and a whopping $250 million in 2022, funding nonprofit organizations, Judicial Watch reportedJudicial Watch linked to a list of organizations by state that received the security grants in 2021.

“The program is a bit of a boondoggle with large sums of taxpayer dollars going to institutions unlikely to encounter a terrorist threat,” the conservative foundation reported.

On the 2021 list of those funded are a dozen museums, including the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Mississippi, which received $75,984, and the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, Virginia, which received $90,000.

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Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Baltimore received $258,945 and three in North Carolina — in Asheville, Chapel Hill and Winston Salem — received a collective $211,566.
The open borders group UnidosUS, formerly National Council of La Raza, in the Phoenix area received $135,800 in 2021 and, oddly enough, the Detroit Zoological Society in Michigan received $106,600. Zoos in Salt Lake City, Utah and North Carolina also received six-figure grants.

Obscure museums like Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis each received $150,000 last year to fend off terrorist attacks, according to the records.

This article was originally published by RealClearPolicy and made available via RealClearWire.

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