Nadler Moves to Secure U.S. Ports

Apr 2, 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Port Security measures would get a $15 billion dollar boost, if an amendment being offered by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill passes.

“We are spending $100 billion on an anti-ballistic missile system, supposedly to protect ourselves against a rogue nation that might launch two or three nuclear missiles at us,” said Rep. Nadler. “Yet such a nation would be unlikely to use missiles, because missiles have return addresses and the leaders know that American retaliation would obliterate their country. Rogue nations or terrorists would be more likely to use anonomyous ships as a mode of delivery.”

“We have been far too complacent when it comes to Port Security. We are ignoring a tremendous threat," he added.

Every year, 12 million shipping containers enter the U.S. The US inspects fewer than 2%. Rep. Nadler’s amendment would provide $15 billion for measures aimed at preventing a nuclear bomb from being sailed into an American port.

“Some may object that this would hinder commerce,” said Nadler. “But one atomic bomb would halt commerce instantly. Every port would be closed until these procedures could be put - belatedly - into place.”

Rep. Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents the 8th Congressional District of New York, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Port of New York/New Jersey, part of which is in Rep. Nadler’s district, is one of the busiest ports in the United States.