WMDs Found … In America?

The following clip was broadcast on a local news show (ABC 10) in San Diego on February 9th – almost a week ago. The national media, for whatever reason, has failed to report it (Jammie Wearing Fool found out about it from a British newspaper). Below, an “I-Team” reporter speaks to assistant port director Al Hallor about what they find during port of entry inspections:

In the interview screened by San Diego’s 10News, Al Hallor, assistant San Diego port director, said ‘weapons of mass effect’ had been found, although he did not specify exactly where or what they were. Reporter Mitch Blacher asked Mr Hallor: ‘Do you ever find things that are dangerous like a chemical agent or a weaponised device?’ ‘At the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things,’ the customs official replied. … ‘You never found one in San Diego though?’ Mr Blacher asked. ‘I would say at the port of San Diego we have not,’ Mr Hallor said. ‘Have you found one in San Diego?’ Mr Blacher asked. The interview was then interrupted and cut short by a public relations official before Mr Hallor was able to answer the question. San Diego’s Customs and Border Protection agency was unavailable for comment today. … 10News said a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security told them Mr Hallor was ‘just nervous’ in the interview and ‘mis-spoke’. The spokesman denied officials said weapons of mass destruction had never been found in the U.S. – but would not answer questions about dirty bombs or chemical weapons. After the interview, the Customs and Border Protection department in San Diego issued a statement denying it had dealt with any nuclear-related smuggling attempts. ‘CBP has not specifically had any incidents with nuclear devices or nuclear materials at our ports of entry,’ it said.

Hallor never said that CBP had found them; he said their “partner agencies” had.

One reason for covering up a known attempt would be to prevent public panic. Just three days ago, acting Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Cynthia Schnedar, criticised U.S. efforts to prepare for a potential WMD attack as ‘uncoordinated and fragmented’. While the FBI had made adequate precautions for dealing with a WMD fallout, other branches of the DOJ were not sufficiently ready. With the exception of the FBI, other departments had no training, did not participate in drills and had not selected an individual to take charge over WMD response operations, she said. ‘In addition, while the department had designated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as the lead agency to coordinate the use of federal law enforcement resources to maintain public safety and security if local and state resources are overwhelmed during a WMD incident, ATF had not adequately prepared for this role,’ she added. A year ago, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism said the U.S. government should be doing more to prevent the nuclear threat. Work to improve the nation’s response to biological attacks and efforts to reform intelligence gathering and other aspects of homeland security all received an ‘F’ on the report.

2 Responses to “WMDs Found … In America?”

  1. DustBunny Says:

    That’s downright alarming. I hadn’t seen anything about this til now.

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