Homeland Security: Port Protectionby Editorial Board
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - November 28, 2005
Sen. Patty Murray has teamed up with a Republican colleague from Maine to propose an eminently sensible plan to protect the United States' marine ports against terror attacks.
Murray and Maine's Susan Collins have introduced the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act. It strikes a solid balance between giving government power to enforce tougher minimum security standards and giving shippers incentives to meet higher standards.
We've know for some time that containers arriving from all over the world to U.S. ports, such as Seattle and Tacoma, present an unacceptable security risk. They offer would-be terrorists a convenient conduit for weapons and even themselves. Loaded with conventional explosives, chemical, biological or nuclear devices, they can be turned into bombs, to be detonated in the midst of urban areas, killing thousands, disrupting commerce and costing the economy billions.
The GreenLane concept offers competitive advantages to shippers who voluntarily comply with the highest security standards.
The bill would also create and fund a new Office of Cargo Security Policy within the Department of Homeland Security.
The legislation is overdue. Our marine port system should no longer be allowed to serve as an open door to terrorists.
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