Posted on November 9, 2010 by Buqaqable.net
WASHINGTON — New U.S. security rules are in place
Banning all cargo from Yemen and Somalia and prohibiting
Toner and ink cartridges weighing more than 1 pound
From passenger flights, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.the rules are in response to the thwarted terror plot that could have taken down two cargo planes over the U.S.
last month. Terrorists in Yemen had hidden two powerful bombs inside printers and shipped them to addresses in Chicago.
As the packages made their way to the U.S., Saudi Arabia tipped off intelligence officials to the plot,
providing the Fed Ex and UPS tracking numbers that allowed officials to pinpoint where the packages were en route.
The threats of terrorism we face are serious and evolving, and these security measures reflect our commitment to using current intelligence
to stay ahead of adversaries,” Napolitano said in a statement.The U.S. immediately banned cargo from Yemen
After the bombs were intercepted. Other countries, including England and Germany — which the bombs traveled through — followed suit.
Somalia was added to the U.S. ban, despite a lack of intelligence pointing to a similar plot to detonate bombs on cargo planes, said a senior
administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
The official said the terrorist group in Somalia, al-Shabaab, has said it intends to attack the U.S., just as al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula has stated and tried to do. Britain is banning all cargo from Somalia as well as large printer cartridges transported by air.
Besides the bans, high risk cargo will no longer be allowed to fly on passenger planes,
Napolitano said, without elaborating what constitutes high risk.About 30 percent of air cargo shipped to the U.S. is shipped on passenger planes,
according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. analysts warn that the cost of screening every piece of air cargo in a bid to prevent terrorists
from downing airliners might bankrupt international shipping companies, hobble weakened airlines and still not provide full protection.
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