>Hearing on Transportatin Security Challenges Post 9/11

>The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted an oversight hearing on Transportation Security Challenges Post 9-11. Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) issued a press release, saying, among other things, that the mandate for 100% scanning of U.S. bound maritime shipping containers was unquestionably well intended, yet premature. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explained the current program for screening maritime cargoes and pointed out that deployment of scanning equipment for the more than 2,100 shipping lanes at more than 700 foreign ports would cost about $8 million per lane, not counting maintenance costs. She also noted that piracy and small vessel security present unique security challenges. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented its report for the record on the Department’s progress and challenges regarding transportation security. Source: http://bryantsmaritimeblog.blogspot.com/