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AP Exclusive: Study says lapses by port companies could allow terrorist attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A government review of security at American seaports has found what it calls serious lapses.

The report says lapses by private port operators, shipping lines or truck drivers could allow terrorists to smuggle weapons of mass destruction into the United States.

The three-year study by the Homeland Security Department is still in the process of being completed.

It included inspections at a New Jersey cargo terminal involved in the dispute over a Dubai company's now-abandoned bid to take over significant operations at six major U-S ports.

The study found that cargo containers can be opened secretly during shipment to add or remove items without alerting U-S authorities.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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