“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

Counterfeit goods inbound:

“The losses from counterfeit goods are enormous. Last year, customs officers seized more than a billion dollars in phony sneakers, electronics and handbags. Yet no one knows how much is still getting through.”

“It is a cat-and-mouse game,” she said. “They are always trying to stay a step ahead of us to get their products in.”

Warehouses of seized goods- safe enough to walk around in. What if it wasn’t fake handbags, but terrorists and terrorist weapons that were showing up?



June 06, 2012-

Lead-Contaminated Children’s Shoes Seized at Seattle Waterfront

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking cargo after it shows up in downtown Seattle?


Old news-

Lead tainted toys show up in Seattle-

While our priority mission is to prevent terrorists and their weapons from entering the country, we are also responsible for keeping a wide variety of harmful products from reaching the American marketplace,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Roland Suliveras Jr. said in a news release. “Lead-contaminated toys are one such product.

Do we wait to check for terrorists and their weapons until they arrive at the Seattle waterfront?

We did in 2006-

22 Smuggled Chinese Arrested at the Seattle Seaport

Note- the headline reports the arrest- further into the article we see that prior to the arrest- people released themselves from a shipping container and wandered around the pier in the wee hours.

“Once again, CBP was on the scene as the first line of defense in cargo security and against dangerous illegal activity posing a threat to our nation’s security,” said Tom Hardy, CBP director of field operations for Seattle. “CBP screens 100 percent of all maritime containers that pose a risk for terrorism at foreign ports before they are shipped to the United States.”

But not the containers used to transport human cargo?


How are terrorists kept out while heroin comes in?

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula-

Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still unable to keep illegal drugs out:

‘Uptick’ in heroin use seen on North Olympic Peninsula


Domestic heroin busts are reported as some sort of law & order success-

Each one is evidence that- 11 years after 911– the US Dept. of Homeland Security is unable to prevent criminal traffic from entering the US.

Never forget-

“…one vulnerability or gap anywhere across the globe has the ability to impact security thousands of miles away.”

Looks like some vulnerabilities and gaps are present here:

Law officers seize 26 pounds of cocaine in car stop near Bellingham

Oregon State Police have seized 55 pounds of heroin in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Ashland

Why does the federal government maintain a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine from entering the US?

The people who move heroin & cocaine into N. America do so free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.




Related: Northwest Border Security Update



Photo- Salt Creek, Clallam County, WA