Indiana's New Motto: The Terror-Target State

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How I wish I were making this up...

The Department of Homeland Security has identified more potential terrorist targets in Nebraska than California. But no state has more Qaeda-tempting assets than...Indiana!?! For fuck's sake. The state has cheek to list 13 more skyscrapers than the Sears Tower state, Illinois! (FYI: This little fat thing is the tallest building in the state.)

Here the Top 10 states by number of vital "assests" DHS is determined to protect from Osama:

  1. Indiana — 8,591
  2. Wisconsin — 7,146
  3. New York — 5,687
  4. Virginia — 4,231
  5. Washington (state) — 3,650
  6. Texas — 3,804
  7. Nebraska — 3,457
  8. California — 3,212
  9. Pennsylvania — 2,873
  10. Illinois — 2,059

Overall the Homeland Security list includes: 1,305 casinos, 718 mortuaries, 159 cruise ships, 34 Coca Cola bottlers, 25 golf courses...

It also includes such tempting targets as: "Old MacDonald's Petting Zoo" in Huntsville Alabama, "Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Race" in Moutain View Arkansas, "Jay's Sporting Goods" — "Michigan's largest outdoor store for hunting, fishing or camping," "Nix' Check Cashing," "4 C's Fuel and Lube," "The Mule Day Parade" in Columbia, Tennessee, and "Amish Country Popcorn" in Berne, Indiana.

Read the DHS Inspector General's full report (pdf)

[Hat Tip: NYT]