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The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach constitute this nation's biggest maritime harbor, the third largest in the entire world. Responsible for a big chunk of America's total economy, they're vital to military security as well. But the ports themselves are anything but secure. Of the millions of cargo containers that pass through each year, 98 percent are not checked. In the wake of September 11, LA Mayor James Hahn has created a task force on waterfront security. We speak with one of its leaders, LA Port Police Chief Noel Cunningham, and Steve Stallone, of the Communications director for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, about exactly what is at stake.
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Los Angeles Police Department

Mayor James Hahn

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Port of Los Angeles

Port and Maritime Security Act of 2001 (S.1214)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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