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Letter: Border Security - Investigators Successfully Transported Radioactive Sources Across our Nation's Borders at Selected Locations

Published March 28, 2006

This letter, from a U.S. GAO group to the Chairman of the Senate's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is a response to the committee's request that the GAO investigate security gaps of radiation detection equipment at ports. The group selected two land ports of entry with radiation monitors, one along the U.S. border and the other along the Canadian border. Two GAO teams were able to purchase, receive, and transport radioactive material (enough to create a dirty bomb) across the borders "with ease".

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