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Customs Chief Promises Security Improvements

The partnerships that the Department of Homeland Security maintains with importers, carriers and foreign governments to prevent unconventional weapons from entering the United States may be imperfect, but the effort is making the nation safer, the top customs official told a Senate subcommittee yesterday.”There are some further improvements we want to make,” said the witness, Robert C. Bonner, commissioner of United States Customs and Border Security. “But I believe these initiatives are working. I am convinced America is safer today because of them.” Responding to criticism of the customs port programs from the Senate panel, the House Homeland Security Committee, the Government Accountability Office and others, Mr. Bonner said his agency, part of the Homeland Security Department, was moving to address the weaknesses.Full Story

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