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U.S. Invests in Radiation Detectors for Ports

The United States is stepping up investment in radiation detection devices at its ports to thwart attempts to smuggle a nuclear device or dirty bomb into the country, a Senate committee heard on Wednesday. Robert Bonner, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told a Senate subcommittee on homeland security that since the first such devices were installed in May 2000, they had picked up over 10,000 radiation hits in vehicles or cargo shipments entering the country. All proved harmless. The Bush administration is requesting $125 million for fiscal year 2006 to continue the acquisition, deployment and enhancement of such technology. It has 400 units deployed. Full Story

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