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While Terror Plot Unfolded, Bush Administration Tried to Cut Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration quietly tried to cut $6 million dollars that was earmarked for developing new explosives detection technology even as the British terror plot was unfolding. Officials wanted to use the money instead on federal building protection.

Congressional leaders rejected the idea.

It's one in a series of Homeland Security Department steps that have left lawmakers and some of the department's own experts questioning the administration's commitment to create better anti-terror technologies.

An investigation by The Associated Press shows the department failed to spend $200 million dollars in research and development money from past years, forcing lawmakers this summer to rescind the money.

The Bush administration has also been slow to start testing a new liquid explosives detector that the Japanese government provided to the United States earlier this year. The terrorist plot to blow up trans-Atlantic passenger jets would have involved liquid explosives.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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