America’s War Within

States spend billions on local homeland security

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represent only a fraction of the billions spent to battle terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001. Lawmakers in Washington have shelled out some $34 billion over the last 10 years to state and local law enforcement. This map shows how much each state has raked in by grant program and fiscal year, based on data obtained from the Department of Homeland Security. Click on “per capita spending” to see how the rankings of those who came out on top dramatically shift when a state’s population is taken into account.


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