The Legacy of the Christmas Day Bomber in President Obama’s Budget

Feb 1, 2010 8:04am

Within President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2011 is $734 million more be spent to support the deployment of up to 1,000 new Advanced Imaging Technology screening machines at airport checkpoints and for new explosive detection equipment for baggage screening; and more funding to increase the number of international flights covered by Federal Air Marshals.

 

This morning Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, conceded that this budget increase was impacted by the failed Christmas Day bomb plot of Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab and the vulnerabilities he exposed in airport security.

 

"There were some adjustments that were made," Orszag acknowledged. "The Department of Homeland Security had a healthy budget but we did make some additional adjustments after that event."

 

-jpt

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