Synagogues and mosques that are potential terrorist targets will be eligible to receive grants from the Department of Homeland Security as part of a $24 million program to upgrade building security.
The grants are part of the Urban Area Security Initiative, which provides funding to 46 select cities. The expansion to include nonprofit groups is aimed primarily at protecting certain faith-based facilities, said one Homeland Security official familiar with the grant process.
"It is expected these funds will continue to increase security for certain faith-based facilities that have demonstrated a degree of risk in the past," the official said on the condition of anonymity.
The money could be used for such items as security cameras, access control, vehicular barriers, alarm systems, bulletproof doors or windows or screening systems.
According to the criteria announced Friday, groups must have received "substantiated threats or attacks toward the nonprofit or closely related organization, either within or outside the U.S., by a terrorist organization."
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Money for Mosques
From Audrey Hudson at the Washington Times:
Posted by Audrey Hudson at Sunday, April 29, 2007