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More funding for Maritime Security

A report in NYT is mentioning a renewed focus on Port security in the Homeland Security drive to preempt terrorist attacks.

The the megaport-city hub is identified by many as an achilles heel in global trade:

"Ninety-five percent of all international commerce enters the United States through its roughly 360 public and private ports. But nearly 80 percent of that trade moves through only 10 ports, with the biggest loads passing through Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland in California and New York. That is why the nation's biggest ports are seen as particularly attractive as terrorist targets. Severely damaging one would not only cause deaths, injuries and property damage, but could also disrupt the flow of many basic goods into and out of the country, port officials say."


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