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Efforts to combat nuclear terrorism hindered by porous borders

The Port of Los Angeles — Twelve thousand times a day, the hulking cranes outside Noel Cunningham’s office unload another shipping container. Any one of them could conceal a nuclear weapon — and Cunningham’s first clue, he fears, might be a blinding flash outside his window. As director of operations and emergency management for the Port of Los Angeles, Cunningham is responsible for securing a facility which, together with the neighboring Port of Long Beach, is the gateway for 44 percent of the goods that come into the United States. A bomb that gets through here is just a drive down the highway from any city in 48 states. “All the other threats, we can deal with,” Cunningham says. “But the nuclear threat is probably the one we wouldn’t recover from.” Full Story

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