Charles Schumer, D-NY, recently graded as a C-minus U.S. efforts
to make the homeland more secure – the mediocre grade in part due
to failing marks for truck security, The Associated Press reported.
come to the conclusion that the federal government in terms of protecting
New York gets barely a passing grade," Schumer, chairman of
the Senate Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, said at a
news conference at his Manhattan offices.
C-minus is not good enough when you're protecting our country, our
city, our state and dealing with people's lives," he said.
Schumer said government needed to do more to screen cargo that often
is transported on passenger planes, check for radioactive material
on containers arriving on ships and probe trucks entering the state.
real vulnerability, and the terrorists sooner or later will exploit
it," Schumer said. Schumer acknowledged that since September
11, the federal government has given the region millions to prepare
for terrorism, but he insisted it wasn't enough.