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Their Mission: Intercepting Deadly Cargo

ON a sparkling Tuesday morning last week, just across the harbor from the gap in Manhattan’s skyline, Kevin McCabe’s team was trying to prevent another Sept. 11. Mr. McCabe, the chief customs inspector for the New York and New Jersey seaport, gestured across the wind-swept water. “The towers were right there,” he said. “It was like you could reach out and touch them. That’s what we’re doing here.” What Mr. McCabe and his team were doing at the Red Hook cargo terminal in Brooklyn was employing some of the latest high-tech tools in what has become his agency’s top priority: fending off terrorism. Just yards from the water, a boom extended from an International Harvester truck chassis. At the end of the boom was a suitcase-size box that emitted beams from a pellet of radioactive cesium 137. As 20-foot-long cargo containers inched past the box, two inspectors, like gun-toting radiologists, peered at a computer screen in the truck’s cab, trying to decipher the ghostly images of the containers’ interiors. Full Story

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