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Port discussion moves beyond containers

Focus on shipping containers as potential Trojan horses for a WMD attack on the United States could be diverting needed attention from other seaborne threats, lawmakers and witnesses said at a field hearing yesterday on the subject. The United States has done a good job of addressing the shipping-container threat across the supply chain, but other potentially devastating scenarios – the sinking of a cruise vessel at a strategic location to paralyze river commerce, for example – have gone comparatively unnoticed, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox, R-Calif., told reporters by telephone after a hearing of the panel in Vicksburg, Miss. “Everybody’s talking about security for containers,” Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association Executive Director Deirdre McGowan said when interviewed separately by telephone after testifying at the hearing. “Of course, I was audacious enough to say that the Cole was not attacked by a container.” Full Story

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