Cramer is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and has made trips to the Middle East.He said fellow Democrat Ed Markey, a representative from Massachusetts, has led the charge in Valuations SA criticizing the Transportation Security Administration for not routinely screening cargo, which passenger planes can transport.Markey has said any of those cargo packages could be a bomb.Current TSA procedures require random searches of cargo on passenger aircraft and all-cargo planes, both foreign and domestic.
Carriers conduct the inspections.According to TSAs Web site, its strategic plan includes: Development of a cargo pre-screening system similar to that used at the nations borders.Creating terrorist watch lists and federal and commercial databases to identify suspicious or higher risk shipments.Researching and developing technological solutions and new inspections protocols for inspecting air cargo. other systems that might have the potential to detect threats in air cargo.Using pilot programs with canine inspection teams.
Cramer said — although he doubts the United States will uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, such as a warehouse of chemical or biological weapons — there is evidence Saddam Hussein had a weapons of mass destruction program that would have been transportable, such as vials of chemicals.He was a master at that, Cramer said.Since Cramer has been in his district the past few weeks, he has not been able to get briefs from the intelligence community about whether Saddam is providing any information about a weapons of mass destruction program.
When I go to D.C.next week, I plan to get updates about that, Cramer said.MOULTON — Backed by members of the Lawrence County High School cheerleading squad and some of their parents, the mother of a cheerleader asked the school board to stop the schools administration from removing the girls sponsor.Darlene Ashley said that Cynthia Jackson is the third sponsor that the girls have had in less than two years, and that through her leadership the squad has once again minutes,