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Seaport security.

Seaport security. A bill (S. 378) introduced by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) that would create several new seaport security crimes has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been accepted for consideration in the Senate.

The bill would make it a crime to enter a secure area of a seaport under false pretenses, forcibly interfere with an authorized law enforcement action, provide false information during a boarding, or willfully disable a passenger vehicle.

The measure would also make it illegal to knowingly and intentionally place a device aboard a vessel that is likely to damage or destroy the vessel; discharge or release any substance that would endanger human welfare or the marine environment; or transport any explosive, biological, chemical, or nuclear material to be used to commit terrorism.

Under S. 378, it would be illegal to knowingly transport a terrorist or terror suspect aboard a vessel or willfully cause destruction of a vessel or maritime facility. The bill would also increase penalties for stowaways on vessels or aircraft.
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Author:Anderson, Teresa
Publication:Security Management
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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