Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bush Failing to Block Terrorism Financing

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's administration hasn't developed a plan to help two dozen countries with cells of Islamic radicals counter schemes for financing terrorism, according to a government report.

The Treasury and State departments are fighting over which agency is in charge of coordinating training and technical assistance for two dozen countries, according to a Government Accountability Office report. It also said the Bush administration doesn't have any reliable method for measuring the success of its efforts.

The GAO report said an unnamed Treasury official has said the effort ``is broken and State creates obstacles rather than coordinates efforts.''

In the report, State Department officials blamed the Treasury Department for not accepting its authority.

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