President Bush signed into law Friday a $400 million comprehensive port security bill designed to keep nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons out of the 11 million shipping containers that make their to the U.S. each year.
"We're going to protect our ports. We're going to defend this homeland, and we're going to win this war on terror," Bush said at the signing ceremony.
He noted that the SAFE Port Act authorizes the development of high-tech inspection equipment so customs agents can check cargo containers for dangerous materials without having to open them. It requires radiation-detection technology at 22 of the nation's busiest ports by the end of next year. Read more.
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Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
"I would make it mandatory for other countries to inspect cargo before they leave port. This procedure could be equated to customs booths in the airports. We need to make sure nothing is a threat to our country before they arrive." — Steven
"An unconstitutional attack on online gambling has nothing to do with the protection of our ports. Our legislators should spend their time on important issues rather than running a nanny state." — Matt (Baltimore, MD)
"I would not sign a bill that feigns increased security, while using the issue as an excuse to waste billions of tax dollars on high-tech equipment that will not take the place of physical inspections. We need to consider all overseas containers as 'possible threats'. Any transports that are arriving from, or are registered to, any country on our 'restricted nations' list, should not be allowed in, until every section of the ship is thoroughly inspected." — Mike (Derry, NH)
"To make our ports safer there should be thorough background checks eliminating those with felony convictions and allow only natural born citizens be employed." — Bob (Illinois)