U.S.: Strengthen port security, or else (March 01, 2002)
March 1, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. - If a U.S. led screening plan for weapons of mass destruction isn't implemented at Canadian ports, there could be a crippling shutdown according to the head of U.S. Customs.The U.S. ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – If a U.S. led screening plan for weapons of mass destruction isn’t implemented at Canadian ports, there could be a crippling shutdown according to the head of U.S. Customs.
The U.S. is acting on concerns that terrorist groups may be planning an attack that would see a nuclear device shipped to an American port and then detonated, killing thousands of people. The result would shut down ports around the world, according to Robert Bonner.
“Halifax, to use a Canadian example, what happens if that port gets shut down? The economies of those areas are dependent upon containers, ships coming in, being off-loaded and moved. I mean, I think there’s an interest there in not having the system shut down,” says Bonner.
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