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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 02:04 AM
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19. From a Time article from last week
Edited on Tue Nov-09-10 02:05 AM by JCMach1

...The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) relies on the word of the foreign governments about the extent of screening undertaken in their countries. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released in June found that the TSA had little idea how much actual screening is performed by foreign governments. "If a country requires that 100% of its cargo be screened," the report found, "TSA counts all the cargo coming from that country as screened."

The TSA in August missed a congressionally mandated deadline, set three years earlier, to begin screening all inbound cargo on passenger planes. In late June, one month before the deadline, TSA's John Sammon testified that the TSA would miss it because international enforcement of the screening mandate "ultimately relies on foreign government cargo programs and inspectors." At the same hearing, a GAO watchdog reported the TSA had only begun collecting information on foreign screening techniques earlier that month.

The GAO report did find some areas of progress by the TSA: domestic cargo is now 100% screened, and the TSA claims that at least 65% of inbound cargo from abroad is also screened. Further, TSA administrator John S. Pistole said late Sunday, "Even before this incident, 100% of identified high-risk cargo on inbound passenger planes was being screened." TSA officials declined to say whether the bombs, which were in printers addressed to the Chicago synagogues from putative Yemeni educational institutions, qualified as "high-risk cargo" by TSA definitions. (Comment on this story.)

And it is not clear just how safe so-called screened cargo really is...

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  -U.S. bans toner cartridges over 16 ounces on domestic and international flights The Straight Story  Nov-08-10 12:54 PM   #0 
  - Shit I guess I better get me some toner cartridges before they all run out  DainBramaged   Nov-08-10 12:56 PM   #1 
  - They can be shipped on cargo planes, so you won't run out. n/t  pnwmom   Nov-08-10 12:59 PM   #3 
     - Well I guess we should all duck and cover when Brown people carry toner cartridges on planes  DainBramaged   Nov-08-10 01:04 PM   #9 
     - These were packages that were shipped. No racism involved.  pnwmom   Nov-08-10 01:09 PM   #11 
     - How many people carry toner cartridges on flights?  dixiegrrrrl   Nov-08-10 01:44 PM   #17 
  - Jesus... that's really stupid  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-08-10 12:57 PM   #2 
  - Until they develop a way to screen them they have little choice. n/t  pnwmom   Nov-08-10 01:00 PM   #5 
  - the next step: Banning passengers from passenger flights.  provis99   Nov-08-10 01:00 PM   #4 
  - Change we can believe in - NOT!  derby378   Nov-08-10 01:01 PM   #6 
  - Oh yeah, this must all be Obama's fault. He should have just ended this terrorism stuff.  pnwmom   Nov-08-10 01:07 PM   #10 
     - You should check the reply chain  derby378   Nov-08-10 01:37 PM   #16 
  - Intermediate step will be a crackdown on an epidemic of toner mules.  jpgray   Nov-08-10 01:01 PM   #7 
  - The terrorists are continuing to devise new plans, and the FAA  pnwmom   Nov-08-10 01:04 PM   #8 
     - And we still don't screen air cargo...  JCMach1   Nov-08-10 01:13 PM   #12 
        - I read something recently saying that they do x-ray cargo.  pnwmom   Nov-08-10 01:15 PM   #13 
           - From a Time article from last week  JCMach1   Nov-09-10 02:04 AM   #19 
  - Knee jerk reaction. It's like we're back in the BushCo. years.  sally cat   Nov-08-10 01:20 PM   #14 
  - Well damn, so much for me wanting to print out the Encyclopedia Britannica  Javaman   Nov-08-10 01:29 PM   #15 
  - Who travels with a laser printer?  Initech   Nov-08-10 01:51 PM   #18 

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