Legislative backlash over security cuts brings $20M to protect NJ, NY ports
Legislative backlash over security cuts has brought a $20 million windfall for anti-terrorism efforts at New York and New Jersey ports. Richard Canas, the New Jersey Director of Homeland Security, was at Rutgers Monday to discuss challenges of securing New Jersey against terrorism. When asked about the funds, Canas said nothing has been finalized, but the additional resources will be used to protect the perimeters of local ports.Many question why the money will not be used to scan and screen the millions of containers that come into the ports. Canas says screening all containers would be a billion dollar issue. He also says there is debate in Washington as to whether it would be worth it. Many lawmakers say if a weapon of mass destruction is in a container and reaches one of the ports, it would be too late to do anything about it.