Port Security Issues: An Analysis of Congressional Actions Asymmetric Threats Facing Major Seaports Today In categorizing the potential list of asymmetric terrorist threats facing major seaports today, and outlining what are believed by authorities to be major US seaport vulnerabilities to attack, it is evident that American ports are still extremely vulnerable to terrorism, despite the passage of the Maritime Transportation and Security Act of 2002 and related legislation intended to improve port and maritime security (DHS 2003, 1). Eight years after the passage of the MTSA, asymmetric threats such as a nuclear device or chemical or biological material smuggled aboard an oil tanker or cargo vessel are still being inadequately addressed by...The end:
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