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Homeland Security's Missing Link

The U.S. is spending plenty on tech, but it could spare far more. Even more important is cohesive planning and implementation. Workers used to take the day off for Chinese New Year at the Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT), the flagship outpost of shipping giant Hutchison Port Holdings in the former British protectorate. Now with the U.S. economy bubbling again and the global shipping business on the rebound, the busiest freight terminal in the busiest port on Earth goes full-tilt 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. From wrinkle-free pants to portable DVD players, the Hong Kong seaport moves 560,000 truckloads of merchandise to the U.S. each year. Starting in May, 2004, every single truck bringing a load to HIT will be screened for radioactive material and suspicious cargo using a new portable scanner built by Science Applications International. In the past, time constraints prevented 100% coverage. Older scanners required two to three minutes to accomplish their task. Full Story

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