BTN online: TSA Vows Cargo-Screening Compliance

Old Oct 23, 07, 3:41 am
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BTN online: TSA Vows Cargo-Screening Compliance

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will meet federal deadlines to screen all cargo transported on passenger aircraft by 2010, administrator Kip Hawley vowed to the House Homeland Security Committee's transportation panel last week.
"Vowed?"

In August, Congress mandated half of the 7,500 tons of cargo transported daily be inspected by 2009 and all of it by 2010. The Government Accountability Office in 2005 concluded that only a very small percentage of cargo on passenger aircraft is inspected. Hawley said the agency already is screening 100 percent of cargo loaded at smaller airports. "We have very definitely closed down on vulnerabilities,'' he said.
::snort::

Some lawmakers, including Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said they were skeptical TSA would deliver, as the agency has failed to meet other deadlines, such as improving checked baggage screening and developing a program to check passenger names against terrorism watchlists. Hawley said TSA likely will make the deadline because the law permits shippers, rather than federal officials, to screen cargo.
Absolutely Asinine.

Meanwhile, TSA this month announced it has awarded $52.3 million in new contracts for such capabilities as advanced technology X-ray, automated checkpoint explosives detection, bottled liquid scanners and a cast/prosthetic screening device. A new $1.7 million imaging device at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can detect weapons and explosives concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact through electromagnetic waves that generate an image based on the energy reflected from the body. TSA began testing in February, and said 79 percent of Phoenix travelers have chosen to use the machine rather than have a pat-down in secondary screening.
Trillion$ Squandered Already.
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Old Oct 23, 07, 1:17 pm
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By 2010? Well, let's not rush, shall we? No chance any terrorists might try something over the next couple years

Permitting shippers to screen their own cargo? Now there is a good idea. How about we allow airlines to manage passenger screening again? Doofus!!

Ah yes..the millimeter wave system. Let's not waste time looking at benign technologies that can do the same thing - let's find sources of radiation that can fry our passengers.
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