Gaps Found in Port Security Program

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Congressional investigators have discovered security gaps at ports across the country.

A report by the Government Accountability Office released today points to a security program that terrorists could exploit to smuggle weapons of mass destruction in cargo containers.

Click play hear Pat Robertson's analysis following this report.

That program allows reduced scrutiny for roughly 8,000 trusted importers, port authorities, and air, sea and land carriers.

In return, the companies are required to submit a security plan that Meets U.S. Customs and Border Protection's base standards.

But investigators found many of the companies are not following the strict guidelines designed by the Department Of Homeland Security.

Congress has been working to improve port security since the 9-11 Commission cited the potential dangers in its 2004 report.

The Commission stated that when measured against commercial aviation, "opportunities to do harm are as great, or greater, in maritime or surface transportation."

Sen. Susan Collins, top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, vowed, "I will continue to work with DHS and the private sector to ensure the effectiveness of the crucial port security program."

Source: The Associated Press, CBN News

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