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AMERICAN PORTS SCANNING EQUIPMENT MADE IN CHINA

 

By Michael Cutler
November 5, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

The GSN Magazine had an article that focuses on issues involving national security. The report is, in my judgement, one that should concern all Americans. The fact that any American port, let alone the biggest American port would purchase X-ray scanning equipment to insure port security and hence, national security that was manufactured in China should give us all "cause for pause!"

There are several reasons that I am disturbed by this decision.

First of all, I believe that the purchase of foreign made equipment should never be permitted where our nation's security is concerned, especially when the country of manufacture has an established track record of engaging in espionage.

Consider these brief paragraphs that I have copied from the article:

Critics of the transaction, who requested anonymity, raised the specter of sensitive X-ray images and cargo manifests being archived on the X-ray scanning system and, perhaps, transmitted via the Internet back to Nuctech in China, or to the Chinese government. Indeed, the mobile system was required to offer that technical capability.

"Automatic digital image archiving with image review of 25,000 images or greater with a flatbed scanner to record, save and associate related documents and notes including system operators, recipient, date and time," was listed as one required capability in the port’s official specification document.

"Nuctech will supply the wireless devices for transmission of images to remote inspection location, and for uploading data via internet," promised Nuctech, in its formal proposal to the port.

Cummings acknowledged that the system theoretically could capture, store and transmit such X-ray images -- and transmit them to China or elsewhere..."

While the immediate use for the scanner will be to scan food and other cargo being loaded onto cruise ships, I am concerned that the use of this scanner could and may well be, ultimately expanded to scan shipments of cargo entering our ports.

Additionally, the purchase of this equipment undercuts American manufacturers at a time when our nation's economy can ill afford to lose jobs held by Americans.

If, as has been speculated, the technology behind the scanning device was reverse engineered by Chinese engineers and then subsidized by the government of China, itself, no an unlikely possibility given the statement that:

Some observers of the transaction have raised questions about the wisdom of U.S. tax dollars being handed to a Chinese manufacturer, the degree to which Nuctech may have "reverse engineered" the X-ray technology originally developed by Western companies, the possibility that Nuctech may have had its price subsidized by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and the notion that Nuctech may have engaged in illegal "dumping" by offering its product below its own manufacturing costs.

Those who are responsible for making this decision can be described as knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing!

It is time that decisions made by our government be focused, first and foremost, on doing what is in the best interests of the United States and our citizens.

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Michael W. Cutler graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications Arts and Sciences. Mr. Cutler began working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in October 1971 when he entered on duty as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport. In August 1975 he became a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) for the INS at NYC.

He rotated through virtually every squad in the Investigations Branch. From 1988 until 1991 he was assigned as the INS representative to the Unified Intelligence Division (UID) of the DEA in New York. In 1991 he was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and was assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which required that he work with members of other law enforcement agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Customs and local and state police as well as law enforcement organizations of other countries including Israel, Canada, Great Britain and Japan, to conduct investigations of aliens involved in major drug trafficking organizations. He retired from the INS in February 2002, after a career that spanned some 30 years.

Finally, Michael Cutler has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Lou Dobbs, Fox News, MSNBC and many other television and radio news-oriented programs to discuss the enforcement of immigration laws.

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Critics of the transaction, who requested anonymity, raised the specter of sensitive X-ray images and cargo manifests being archived on the X-ray scanning system and, perhaps, transmitted via the Internet back to Nuctech in China, or to the Chinese government.