Bureacracies can come up with the most insanely stupid answers. Which is where this gem of a story comes from. When explaining why New York City is getting less anti-terror funding next year, a Dept of Homeland Security spokesman explained:
New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent--from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.
Heh. I wonder if if they've seen this:
Ironically, the Statue of Liberty is listed as a National Monument. It's things like this that prevent me from believing in conspiracies. Large organizations - public or private - are just too stupid to manage a good conspiracy :)