US Port Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federal inspectors need to improve their detection equipment and search procedures to prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons of mass destruction into U.S. ports.

That's the word from the Homeland Security Department's independent investigator. In a report to be released today, the department's inspector says the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made security changes and has others planned.

Clark Kent Ervin says he still has recommendations to improve the equipment that detects threatening cargo, such as nuclear material, and make inspection procedures more effective.

Texas Representative Jim Turner says the government needs to put specialized radiation monitors at all U.S. ports and have enough people to physically inspect cargo containers that set off radiation alarms.

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