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Unformatted text preview: de, and radiation extending for miles around the blast's center. For the protectors of America's national interest, no single issue is more urgent and frightening. 10 | P a g e Port Security Affirmative BDL Answers to: Port Screening Now [___] [___] Less than 3% of cargo entering US ports is scanned Janice Hahn, US Representative, 2012 (http://hahn.house.gov/press-release/rep-hahn-congressional-leader-ports-wins-passage-portsecurity-amendment, May 9, “Rep. Hahn - Congressional Leader on Ports - W ins Passage of Port Security Amendment”) Unfortunately less than 3% of cargo coming into the country is scanned, giving terrorist opportunities to smuggle themselves or their weapons into the United States with little risk of detection. An attack on the Port of Los Angeles complex, for example, would cost billions to the regional economy and put thousands of port employees out of work and cause the demise of hundreds of local businesses. [___] Department of Homeland Security is not scanning containers Laura Richardson, US Representative (D-CA), 2012 (Congressional Documents and Publications, May 9, Congresswoman Laura Richardson Asks GAO to Examine Port Security Vulnerabilities; Rep. Laura Richardson News Release) Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson submitted a request to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine security vulnerabilities in our nation's ports. "As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication, I have been a strong advocate for ensuring the safety of our nation's ports. I have repeatedly asked the Secretary of Homeland Security when she has appeared before the committee on what t he department has done to address risks at our ports. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security has been inherently slow in addressing the need to scanning containers before they enter U.S. ports and have not made any substantial efforts to study what is needed to need to keep our ports safe from a terrorist attack. As a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I have been consistent and strong voice on port security and that is why I have asked the GAO to study security gaps that currently exist." 11 | P a g e Port Security Affirmative BDL Answers to: Action Now Solves [___] [___] Customs-Trade Partnership and Container Security Initiative fail Jon D. Haveman and Howard J. Shatz, Public Policy Institute of California, 2006 (Protecting the Nation’s Seaports: Balancing Security and Costs, www.ppic.org/content/pubs/repo-rt/r_606jhr.pdf) Compliance is the weaker link. The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, for example, depends on U.S. Customs and Border Protection validation of security plans for thousands of companies. However, given a lack of enforcement mechanisms, there is no guarantee that firms, once validated, will continue to carry out their security plans and procedures . Likewise, the Container Security Initiative depends on the cooperation of foreign gove rnments. In some cas...
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