Chertoff: No way to scan all cargo by 2012

10/21/2008 | USA Today

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says his agency will fall short of a congressional mandate to scan every incoming shipping container by 2012. Instead, Chertoff wants to require shippers to provide more information, allowing TSA to target suspect cargo. But that compromise appears to please no one: The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee continues to insist that the 100% target is "vital to our nation's security," while the National Association of Manufacturers says even Chertoff's scaled-back requirements could delay shipments by up to five days.

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