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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 03:04 AM
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19. From a Time article from last week
Edited on Tue Nov-09-10 03:05 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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