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Some ICAO Kudos for the DHS
Posted By Paul Rosenzweig On October 4, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In Protect America | 2 Comments
Well deserved kudos to the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Janet Napolitano. Since the failed December bombing attempt over Detroit demonstrated gaps in airport security DHS has been engaged in an extensive outreach around the world. Convening regional meetings in every corner of the globe, DHS has worked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop an agreement on an international set of standards for security in the aviation industry.
To be sure, Americans can’t outsource its security to other nations. But it is all the more worthwhile and successful when we can, through the power of persuasion and the rational force of our concerns, help the entire international community raise the bar for a safer world for everyone. Last week, in the culmination of a 9-month effort, Secretary Napolitano participated in the ICAO Triennial Assembly where representatives from nearly 190 ICAO countries approved a joint Declaration on Aviation Security. The declaration approved in Montreal will:
These are all ideas that have been developed in the US since September 11. Though careful, patient work, DHS has now made them part of the international discussion. And everyone will be the safer for it.
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