A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in San Diego confirmed that weapons of mass effect (a.k.a., “WMDs”) had been found by U.S. officials, but not at the particular port where he was being interviewed by a reporter from ABC affiliate 10News.com.
The video below aired during the local newscast Feb. 9 and featured this “money quote” from Al Hallor, the assistant port director and CBP officer, during the interview: “At the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things.”
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A second video (below) aired as an update to the story during the station’s 5 o’clock newscast Feb. 10:
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Now, several questions remain: Which of CBP’s partner agencies detected WMDs? What weapons were found? How were the weapons found? In whose possession were the weapons when found? Did Hallor misspeak as his bosses in Washington, D.C., might have you believe?
As a former Air Force public affairs officer familiar with communications security issues related to nuclear materials and related subjects, I doubt the public will ever know the answers to the questions above. National security concerns, you know.
At the time I published this post, it seemed as if none of the state-run media outside of San Diego had given the story any attention. Please use the comments section to let me know if you’ve seen any news reports outside of San Diego.