Middle Eastern firm’s deal to manage U.S. cargo port raises security concerns
The Washington Times - 07/29/2014
According to security experts, the major concern at U.S. ports is not the terminal operators themselves — or which nation owns them — but who screens the containers before they enter the U.S. seaport.
“Smuggling things onto containers happens at various stages — those who load the trucks, the trains, the ships — until the container gets sealed and loaded. The port areas are still very highly vulnerable to these types of scenarios,” said Stephen Flynn, founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. “There’s still massive amount of guns, counterfeit goods and narcotics moving through the container system.”
Indeed, during a press conference following the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this year, President Obama said his biggest security concern was not Russia — or any other world power — but “the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.”