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U.S. Law Puts World Ports on Notice

“Right there,” said Manuel Pereira, a security guard here at the largest shipping port in the Caribbean, pointing to the ground beneath his feet. “That’s the new border of the United States.” Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, American officials have spoken of “pushing back the borders” of the United States in the name of national security. Now they are doing it across the seas. The threat they envision is a catastrophic attack on a major American port by a ship bearing a bomb. Al Qaeda has sought for seven years to use commercial ships to attack the United States at home and abroad, public records show. A seaborne terrorist attack could cost thousands of lives and inflict billions of dollars in damage, maritime security experts say, while closing major American ports at a cost to world trade measured in tens or hundreds of billions of dollars. Full Story

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