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Battening Cargo Against Terrorism

A cargo ship from Japan will arrive in Tacoma, Washington, sometime next week, carrying technology that some hope will be the United States’ best defense against sea-borne terrorism. The technology is the nuts and bolts of a $58 million pilot federal initiative called Operation Safe Commerce. It aims to prevent terrorists from sneaking bombs, poisons and other dangers aboard shipping containers bound for American ports. The array of sensors and communication devices will monitor the cargo throughout the journey from foreign factory to store shelves. The urgency for implementing additional security for American ports is huge, said Michael Nacht, dean of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Policy. He said a single attack on a West Coast port, for example, could easily lead to the shutdown of other ports along the coast and cause losses of a billion dollars a day. Full Story

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