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25 Muslim Fanatics Enter U.S. Illegally

Monday, 13 May 2002 12:00 AM

Fox News reported Monday that a Coast Guard intelligence report Friday indicated that the stowaways made landfall in Miami, Long Beach, Calif., and Savannah, Ga.

Coast Guard officials in Washington and Los Angeles had no immediate comment on the Fox report. Journal of Commerce said a Coast Guard captain told them that the information had not been substantiated to the degree that a higher state of alert was being instituted.

Fox said that a classified briefing scheduled for today would provide law enforcement officials with details about the suspects and their possible intentions.

American seaports have been considered a possible entry point for terrorists or a weapon of mass destruction ever since Sept. 11 because of the thousands of cargo containers that arrive every day from around the world. The number of containers is too high for Customs inspectors to check each one individually and make sure there is no contraband hidden inside.

Asian criminals frequently use containers to smuggle Chinese illegal aliens into the United States. The containers are large enough to hold several individuals and enough supplies to last the approximately 10 days it takes for a ship to sail from Asia to the West Coast.

The Coast Guard routinely boards and inspects several arriving commercial ships a day. Tankers and other vessels carrying hazardous cargoes get top priority.

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