DHS won’t require screening for every US-bound cargo container

The Homeland Security Department is backing off its mandate that by 2012, all United States-bound cargo containers must be screened from their port of exit, according to the Homeland Security Newswire.

Speaking at the Rotterdam, Netherlands, port, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said she questioned the ability to scan 100 percent of cargo containers destined for the United States. A 2007 law that requires such screening gives the department the option of postponing the mandate if DHS officials don’t think it’s an achievable goal, according to the Homeland Security Newswire.

Napolitano said DHS prefers a layered approach that features international cooperation and better intelligence sharing, according to the article.

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Reader comments

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Fed Employee not on your life

"DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said she questioned the ability to scan 100 percent of cargo containers destined for the United States." Maybe if she skips 90 year old elderly passengers Depends garments they could. Like she says (to passengers), no check - no fly. What a concept. You can't have it both ways baby. Oh, I forgot, you make the rules.

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Mimi CO Springs

So I won't have to be x-rayed or patted down or stripped of undergarments if I travel in a cargo container? Why can DHS relax their security for cargo, but still require a great-granny to remove her wet diaper? DHS should apply "national" cooperation and better intelligence sharing to US citizens, as well. Idiots!

Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Even if they had the resources, which they never will, 100% check was never an actual option. International trade would grind to a halt. All you can do is all you can do- checks will be limited to the ones that 'smell' wrong, and a random sample of the others. I think they are running about a 2% check rate right now- 5% would be nice.

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Greg Georgia

Sampling cargo containers, what a concept... Maybe it will catch on at the airport!

Tue, Jun 28, 2011

What happened to "Trust But Verify"?

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