President Bush has promised more tools for U.S. Customs and Border
Protection to do its job.
Radiation detectors will be installed at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, AZ, to monitor every car and truck for potentially harmful products that contain
radiation. Obviously, the biggest effort is to thwart the import of materials
to make dirty bombs, but there are other things that customs officers want to
keep track of.
Installation of the radiation detectors will take about three weeks,
according to the Yuma Sun. Work days will last from 6 a.m. to 4
p.m., Mondays through Thursdays until completed.
Earlier this week, the public learned that undercover investigators
conducting a test managed to slip radioactive material into the U.S. with fake documents. Part of Bush’s promise is to provide more equipment to verify
The investigators did not say which ports they used to conduct the
San Luis Port Director Michael Freeman said in a press release that
construction at the port, which began Tuesday, March 28, will close one or
possibly two lanes at a time. He encouraged drivers to schedule off-peak times
to cross the border there if possible.