Border Insecurity, Take Three: Open and Unmonitored, Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 27, 2007   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Max Baucus: "Six years have passed since 9/11, and thank God, there has not been another terrorist attack on American soil. Some things have gone right. The hard work of law enforcement personnel have made a difference. But that does not mean that we can relax. It means we need to redouble our efforts. We need to get border security right; lives depend on it. Today we are going to hear from the Government Accountability Office [GAO] on their third border security investigation for the Finance Committee. GAO's testimony today is, in a word, alarming. The GAO attempted to enter the United States in seven locations, and I regret to report that they were successful in entering the U.S. largely undetected. [...] I also want the committee to hear about the threat that even small amounts of nuclear material could pose to our citizens. In 2006, 150 incidents of illicit trafficking and unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials were reported to the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]. In 2002, a report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said there are 'more international terrorist organizations active in Canada than anywhere else in the world.' That was 2002. [...] As of May of 2007, Customs and Border Protection had fewer than 1,000 U.S. border patrol agents on the northern border, and Customs and Border Protection had nearly 12,000 agents on the southern border, 12 times. The GAO investigation raises serious questions about the balance of resources on both borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Max Baucus, Chuck Grassley, Greg Kutz, John W. Cooney, Ronald Colburn, Ken Luongo, Jim Bunning, Pat Roberts, and Olympia J. Snowe.

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S. Hrg. 110-860; Senate Hearing 110-860
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