Securing Our Ports: Information Sharing is Key to Effective Maritime Security: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and Accountability of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 10, 2006 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Todd Platts: "Securing our Nation's ports against potential terrorist attack has become one of our Nation's security priorities since September 11, 2001. Given the fact that the ports are large, sprawling enterprises, that often stretch across jurisdictional boundaries, the need to share information among Federal, State and local governments, as well as private entities, is central to effective prevention and response. Today, the maritime system of the United States consists of more than 300 sea and river ports, with more than 3,700 cargo and passenger terminals, and more than 1,000 harbor channels spread across thousands of miles of coastline. […] The Port of New York and New Jersey brings together diverse, complex, and economically intertwined and competing interests serving not only the States of New York and New Jersey, but also Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and my home State of Pennsylvania. Coordination between and amongst all of these entities is vital for national security. The U.S. Coast Guard has been designated as a lead Federal agency, with responsibility of port security. The Coast Guard, along with the New York Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has made significant progress in providing effective training for port security here in this region." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ray Kelly, Carolyn B. Maloney, Robert O'Brien, Major R. Owens, Edolphus Towns, and Bethann Rooney.
Serial No. 109-253
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