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The 7/7 London bombings had a powerful impact on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress and the Bush administration have been outdoing themselves offering sound bites on mass-transit security while simultaneously doing next to nothing to improve mass-transit security. To wit:

Tax dollars spent on airline security since 9/11: $250 BILLION

Tax dollars spent on rail and subway security since 9/11: $18 BILLION

Amount requested for rail and subway security after the London transit bombing: $1.2 BILLION

Amount given: $100 MILLION

Ratio of daily rail and subway passengers to daily airline passengers: 16 TO 1

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