Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Effort advances

Kansas should now mount a united effort to promote Manhattan as the site of a new Homeland Security research facility.

July 12, 2007


It's great news that Manhattan is among the five finalists for the new $451 million National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.

Other finalist locations listed by the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday were in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas. The final selection is expected to occur by October 2008 after additional environmental impact studies. Officials estimate that the new federal facility will generate 1,500 construction jobs, up to 500 scientific jobs and an economic impact of $3.5 billion over 20 years. It would be a boon to Manhattan and the rest of the state.

Leavenworth also was among the 17 sites considered for the facility. Both Leavenworth and Manhattan had strong attributes, but it was unlikely both would advance in the selection process. Kansas is fortunate to be able to claim one finalist.

Manhattan and Kansas State University present a strong package for a facility whose mission is to deal with animal health and public health issues. As Sen. Pat Roberts pointed out Wednesday, the new federal facility actually could be built in conjunction with the Bioscience Research Institute, which is expected to be completed at KSU by the end of the year. That gives Manhattan an edge, according to one KSU official, because it could cut the time needed to construct the new federal facility and get it in operation.

KSU has a wonderful reputation for animal and life sciences research that should make a strong impression with federal evaluators. It's now up to Kansas to mount a united effort to showcase the opportunities available in Manhattan and convince federal officials that Kansas has the best site for the new Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.


Ragingbear 10 years, 8 months ago

No. Simply because it is something related to the Department of Homeland Stupidity. I don't think the benefit of jobs and increased economy are worth the flagrant violations to our Constitution done in the name of this illegal department and their deceptive practices. This is the type of place that will crossbreed Ebola and Smallpox with a bit of Anthrax just to see what it would do. Then release it on some farmer's cows just to see what it does.

Just because I'm paranoid doesn't make it any less scary.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 8 months ago

The Homeland Security Department is a huge waste of tax dollars brought on by guess who...GW Bush and friends who are most certainly anything but experts on security. They are experts in wasting money.

Remember 9/11/01 and think who dropped the ball?

Confrontation 10 years, 8 months ago

Good for ManCrappin. Some city in this state needs to make money and be pro-business. It sure isn't happening here.

Ragingbear 10 years, 8 months ago

We should start a campaign to rename Manhattan to Raccoon City.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 8 months ago

Better yet let's focus on the problem:

The Other War: Iraq Veterans Speak Out on Shocking Accounts of Attacks on Iraqi Civilians

==== The Other War: Iraq Veterans Speak Out on Shocking Accounts of Attacks on Iraqi Civilians

The Nation magazine has published a startling new expose of fifty American combat veterans of the Iraq War who give vivid on-the-record accounts of the US military occupation in Iraq and describe a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts. The investigation marks the first time so many on-the-record, named eyewitnesses from within the US military have been assembled in one place to openly corroborate assertions of indiscriminate killings and other atrocities by the US military in Iraq. We speak with the article's co-author, journalist Laila Al-Arian, and four Iraq veterans who came forward with their stories of war. [includes rush transcript - partial]


Iraq War Vets Describe "Brutal Techniques" Used by U.S. Military Against Iraqi Civilians

Two Iraq war veterans, Sgt. John Bruhns and Spc. Garett Reppenhagen recount their experience in Iraq, particularly describe the brutal house raids they conducted on a regular basis in Iraq. Spc. Reppenhagen says, "You could see the frustration on [the Iraqi's] faces, the anger, the sadness, the worry, the fear. You know, it was very hard to see the faces of the Iraqi people when you took their family members away...especially when you know most of the time you have bad intelligence and you are raiding the house that usually the people inside are innocent."

War Vet Describes Iraq House Raid

If Soldiers Came From Another Country And Did This To My Family, I Would Be An Insurgent Too" Staff Sergeant Timothy John Westphal, who served in Iraq for one year, recalls raiding a sprawling farm on the outskirts of Tikrit in 2004 and the screams he can still hear of the man he woke up inside. Sgt. Westphal says, "He was so terrified and so afraid for his family. I thought of my family at the time and thought 'If I was the patriarch of the family, if soldiers came from another country and did this to my family, I would be an insurgent too.'" We also speak with Sgt. Dustin Flatt who describes unarmed civilians being shot or run over by U.S. military convoys.

Steve Jacob 10 years, 8 months ago

I guess we can say one good thing about have two Bush loving senators in Kansas.

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