Port security editorial: A logical path forward
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The Washington Times
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Recently, Dulles International Airport outside the nation's capital began scanning all incoming air cargo for radiation in an effort to prevent terrorists from smuggling radioactive or "dirty" bombs into the United States onboard commercial jets. This Homeland Security Department pilot project is the forerunner to an even more hotly contested mandate that will affect the more than 1 billion metric tons of cargo that reach the U.S. by ship each year.
The Sept. 11 Commission Act of 2007 requires that, beginning in 2012, all U.S.-bound containers loaded onto ships in foreign ports be imaged (i.e. X-rayed) and scanned for radiation before embarking for the United States. This requirement - known as the 100 percent scanning rule - has ignited a new and heated debate around the best way to ensure the safety of inbound cargo without impeding the free flow of commerce.
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