View Full Version : Senators have two different positions

04-06-2006, 08:03 AM
This morning, Senator Patty Murray of Washington suggested that cargo container ships be inspected before they come into U.S. Waters. (she did this after 22 Chinese had managed to be smuggled into an American port. It is common knowledge that 95% of the containers are not inspected.)

Here is part of the article;

Officials discuss inspecting cargo before it arrives
By Maria Hegstad
Medill News Service
WASHINGTON One big problem with finding 22 Chinese stowaways in a cargo container in Seattle is that they already made it into the United States, Port of Seattle CEO Mic Dinsmore told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.

On the same day the stowaways were discovered, senators and port officials discussed ways to move port security beyond U.S. shores and detect dangers in cargo before they arrive. Lawmakers call the new emphasis "pushing the borders out." "That incident is a stark reminder that we are not doing enough to keep our cargo-container system secure," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. "This appears to have been a case of human smuggling, but that cargo container could have been filled with anything from a dirty bomb to a cell of terrorists."

Murray is a co-sponsor of the GreenLane Maritime Security Act, which would offer incentives to companies complying with stricter security standards. The bill was discussed at Wednesday's hearing.

Yet, the following is happening as I type this message


Declaring the name of the inland Mexican customs facility to be built in the West Bottoms area to be the Kansas City Customs Port.

WHEREAS, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-America Regional Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council created Kansas City SmartPort, Inc. (Smartport) to explore ways in which Kansas City can position itself as an international trade processing center with the capability of serving as an inland port; and

WHEREAS, Kansas City in conjunction with SmartPort, promoted Kansas City as a strategic hub for trade between the U.S. and Mexico, has secured the support of both Mexican and U.S. Customs officials for the construction of a customs facility in Kansas City to be built on a City-owned site on the east side of Liberty Street between 14th and 15th Streets; NOW, THEREFORE,


Section 1. That the inland Mexican customs facility to be constructed on the Liberty Site is hereby named the Kansas City Customs Port.

Entered into Kansas City court document on March 24, 2006

Our leaders are speaking with forked-tongues....

04-06-2006, 10:20 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote ceebee:</font><hr> Our leaders are speaking with forked-tongues.... <hr /></blockquote>

And you are surprised by this????? /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

04-06-2006, 10:28 AM
full cargo container securety is a dream, I can not see how it can happen without bring world wide shipping to a hault. which will probably translate into economic colapse for some countries.

BTW if it is done off shore in another country who would be in charge of over seeing it, the host country?

has anyone heard of any good ideas to deal with this mess?