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In what appears to be a healthy dose of commonsense at the US Department of Homeland Security, the plan for all containers from overseas to be scanned before departure has been shelved again, for two years.

The Secretary wrote in a leaked letter: “I must report, in all candour, that DHS’s ability to fully comply with this unfunded mandate of 100% scanning, even in the long term, is highly improbable, hugely expensive and, in our judgment, not the best use of taxpayer resources to meet this country’s port security and homeland-security needs.”

Will this issue ever surface again after such a forthright argument?

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