ABC Tests Shipping Security; Feds Howl

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ABC News says it has exposed a crucial weakness in the nation’s port security system by shipping depleted uranium from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Los Angeles. Federal officials say the network seems to have committed a crime, according to an account in the Washington Post.

The report by ABC’s Brian Ross, scheduled to air tonight on “Primetime Thursday,” involves 15 pounds of lead-encased uranium put in a teak trunk along with other furniture in Jakarta, a terrorist hot spot.

Shipping depleted uranium, which cannot be converted to weapons use, is legal. ABC and the Justice Department differed sharply on the importance of the test.


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