DHS and Congress at odds over cargo scanning mandate

A war of words has broken out between the House Homeland Security Committee and DHS over the mandate to screen 100 percent of U.S.-bound cargo at foreign ports.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson sent Secretary Michael Chertoff two letters in recent months chastising DHS for not living up to the mandate.

On Oct. 3, Chertoff responded with a five-page letter that made clear that the 100 percent screening mandate outlined in the 9/11 Commission recommendations legislation is extremely problematic, both because of the limitations of technology and complications in dealing with sovereign nations, and will be impossible to implement by the 2012 deadline.

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