By  on August 12, 2008

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House committee overseeing the Department of Homeland Security has accused the agency of trying to “thwart” efforts to meet a Congressional deadline for scanning all U.S.-bound cargo containers for radiation and nuclear weapons.

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff last week outlining his accusations and concerns about the agency’s focus on “high-risk trade corridors” in a pilot project launched more than a year ago to test the capability of foreign ports to meet a 100 percent scanning deadline.

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