USbound cargo ships to get nuclear onceover

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Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina

By Pete Williams
Justice correspondent
NBC News
Updated: 7:35 p.m. ET Dec 7, 2006

Beginning early next year, cargo containers bound for the United States from six foreign seaports will be screened for dangerous nuclear materials, the first phase in a program intended to expand the scrutiny of shipments before they reach American ports.

"No weapon of mass destruction is more formidable than a nuclear device or a radiological dirty bomb. It's critical to see that they don't make it into the U.S.," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in revealing details of the program Thursday.
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Comment: Well, it's a start but I have to wonder if this is more feel good then practical. Even if the authorities had detection equipment in every port...and they don't...the sheer number of containers going to U.S. ports onboard hundreds of cargo vessels around the world is staggering.​
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