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Port security

Exactly one year after 9-11, ABC News reported that a steel pipe containing a 15-pound cylinder of depleted uranium arrived from Istanbul, Turkey, in the United States, undetected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). On the second anniversary of 9-11, ABC News reported that the same cylinder again eluded the CBP, this time arriving from Jakarta, Indonesia. The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was asked to investigate. The Inspector General found that CBP officials followed protocols and procedures that were "not adequate to detect the depleted uranium." An unclassified, abbreviated version of the report can be found on SM Online.

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