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U.S. Seaports Vulnerable to Chemical/Bio Weapons Smuggling
CNSNEWS/The Lid ^ | 11/11/09 | The Lid

Posted on 11/11/2009 8:25:37 AM PST by Shellybenoit

The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security completed an investigation of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and their ability to detect chemical of biological weapons that might be smuggled into the country by terrorists,via our nation's waterways. The news is not good:

CBP officials said that new devices are currently being developed and tested that could better enable officers to rapidly detect and identify biological and chemical threats during cargo inspections. However, CBP has not conducted a formal risk assessment to determine which pathways, including maritime cargo, pose the highest risk of biological and chemical weapons entering the nation. Conducting a formal risk assessment of the various pathways would help ensure that CBP allocates its detection technology development resources to threat pathways that pose the highest risk.In addition, CBP needs updated policies and procedures on how to conduct inspections for such threats.

--DHS Inspector General Report

Scary isn't it? Eight+ years after 9/11 and our ports are still porous. I doubt if it will get fixed soon. After all, according to our POTUS there are no terrorist threats, only potential man-made disasters:

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bordersecurity; chemicalweapons; customs; terrorism

1 posted on 11/11/2009 8:25:38 AM PST by Shellybenoit
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To: MamaDearest

MD, could you ping the TM’ers over here?

2 posted on 11/11/2009 8:31:27 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (Live each day as if it's your might be.)
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