An investigative test of port security by shipping uranium into the United States
Aired on the anniversary of 9/11, this report by Brian Ross and his investigative team exposes the weaknesses of new Homeland Security measures by shipping depleted uranium from Jakarta to Los Angeles. Using a commercial shipper, legal materials and the advice of experts, the ABC News team packed a canister of harmless radioactive uranium into a cargo container full of teak furniture and souvenirs. As they had done a year earlier with a shipment from Istanbul to New York, the team followed the container past several security checkpoints that filed to detect the uranium or give the container even a cursory review. This time the U.S. government retaliated by opening a criminal investigation of the news team and its experts. This report exposes not only continued gaps in port security but also suggests there are weaknesses in government systems to deal effectively with such matters.
Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent and writer; Rhonda Schwartz, senior investigative producer; David Scott, Vic Walter, producers; Simon Surowicz, field producer; Jeff Freeman, John DeTarsio, camera; Becky Freeman, Dustin Eddo, sound; David Doss, executive producer.