In the Belly of the Beast: Commercial Cargo and Security in an Era of Weapons of Mass Destruction MP3

    In the Belly of the Beast: Commercial Cargo and Security in an Era of Weapons of Mass Destruction MP3

    In the Belly of the Beast: Commercial Cargo and Security in an Era of Weapons of Mass Destruction MP3

    Although great strides have been made in the security of international container trade by sea through the C-PAT, CSI and other cargo clearance programs, the threat of the 'bomb in the box' remains. A '9/11' in the maritime context would involve simultaneous attacks on ships in key straits and choke points as well as major harbors ...
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    Although great strides have been made in the security of international container trade by sea through the C-PAT, CSI and other cargo clearance programs, the threat of the 'bomb in the box' remains. A '9/11' in the maritime context would involve simultaneous attacks on ships in key straits and choke points as well as major harbors such as the Panama Canal or New York harbor and possibly involving attacks designed to cripple oil tankers and pollute wide areas of coastline. The risk of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, (or agents), further complicates detection and inspection, while posing catastrophic consequences. In the event of a major sequence of attacks, or, of a nuclear incident, international shipping could be brought to a halt as ports and ships around the world are searched. The impact on global trade would be devastating. Clearly, effective methods of information sharing and efficient physical screening of container cargo from point to point are critical enablers of national and international security. Do the means exist to prevent a possible catastrophe? Further, how is their use balanced against the real, practical impact on daily trade and commerce? Addressing this issue, the panel will discuss the intersection of the international shipping system with intelligence, law enforcement, national security, technology, export controls and commercial considerations, including the various means used by law enforcement and national security agencies for security protection and the role of the shipping community in the decision-making process; the international legal framework for information gathering, informational collection and sharing to provide early warning; the emerging physical means to screen and detect Weapons of Mass Destruction in containerized cargo, and hard issues of response, interdiction and neutralization should a threatening cargo be detected.

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    Section of International Law

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    5210231MPL

    Publication Date

    11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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