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Unformatted text preview: continuous flow of cargo. Additional costs incurred in enhancing security will erode profit margin. Since the port operators are profit-conscious, it is desired that the terminals continue to operate with minimal cost. The second scenario considered was a large ship attack on ports. Ships laden with WMDs pose a potential threat. Another aspect to study is the use of the ship itself. Because of their large size and weight, the use of the ship as a kinetic weapon to port operations or to the military installations is a very viable threat. The large amount of momentum created by the large ship enables the infliction of severe damage to any vessel. If the large ship is laden with volatile cargo, the ship presents a major concern for port operations. Explosives from the ship can cause severe damage to the port, severely disrupting normal port operations. 16 | P a g e Port Security Negative BDL Spending Link [____] Enhanced port security would cost billions ABC News 2006 (How Much Is Too Much for Port Security?, Z. BYRON WOLF Sept. 13, 2006, http://abcnews.go.com/US/Politics/story?id=2425748&page=1#.UATHLxxrP7p) Then he implied the same was true of port security, suggesting there was no way to entirely safeguard America's ports. The federal government has spent $10 billion on port security since 2004, according to Chertoff. The new bill would allocate nearly $9 billion more over the next five years to beef up security at the nation's ports. While Chertoff encouraged its passage, he tried to convince Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., that scanning 100 percent of the cargo coming into the country was logistically impossible. "You know, it's like I get in my car or I put my daughter in my car. I understand it's not 100 percent safe. If I wanted my daughter to be 100 per cent safe, I'd put a 5mile-an-hour speed limit cap on the car, and it wouldn't go more than 5 miles an hour." Noting that the costs would be immense, he also argued against an amendment offered by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that would require screening of all shipping containers coming into the United States. "No matter how hard we may try, we cannot eliminate every possible threat to every individual in every place at every moment. And if we could, it would be at an untenable cost to our liberty and ou r prosperity," Chertoff said to the committee. "We don't want to undercut our economy while trying to protect it. W e also don't want to undercut our civil liberties while trying to protect them." 17 | P a g e Port Security Negative BDL States Counterplan Solvency [____] State, local, and private entities own the ports – they are the correct ones to do the plan American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009 (Report Card of America‘s Infrastructure http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ sites/default/files/RC2009_full_report.pdf) Due to a lack of adequate data, ASCE was unable to assess the condition of, or assign a grade to, the infrastructure of the nation’s more than 300 ports and harbors. Ports, which are owned and operated largely by state, local, and private entities, are not required to report on the condition of their infrastructure to the federal government. 18 | P a g e Port Security Negative BDL Topicality – Infrastructure [___] [___] “Port Security” includes more than port infrastructure Jon D. Haveman and Howa...
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