Federal ‘anti-terrorism’ funds flowed to zoos, museums: watchdog report

Good to see Uncle Sam wisely spending our tax money, as usual.

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 reported.


Judicial 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.

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.

The #WasteOfTheDay is brought to you by the forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com

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

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  1. Better to take care of our animals who’ve done nothing wrong than to be supporting people who break our laws by coming into our country illegally. AND, expect us, the taxpayers, to supply all of their wants & needs. Give me our innocent animals any day.


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