Changes Needed in U.S. Cargo Inspection-Audit

U.S. customs officials did not have proper technology to detect depleted uranium shipped into the country in 2002 and 2003, an internal audit showed on Thursday as it urged changes in the inspection process. In a report assessing how the toxic substance, shipped by ABC News reporters, was allowed into the country, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general called for improvements in Customs and Border Protection procedures to properly screen cargo shipments. “Improvements are needed in the inspection process to ensure that weapons of mass destruction or other implements of terror do not gain access to the U.S. through oceangoing cargo containers,” the report said. Depleted uranium is a slightly radioactive byproduct of nuclear fuel production which strengthens ammunition and gives weapons twice the range of ones using other heavy metals. Full Story

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