News Article - June 3, 2007

Airport Officials Look To 'Beef Up' Security  
  (CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia airport officials will be looking into the fuel pipe lines that run underneath the airport and asking each other just how secure are they. Jetliners landing at Philadelphia International Airport fly over fields criss-crossed by pipelines that carry everything from gas to gasoline, heating fuel to jet fuel. "One of the most chilling plots imaginable," U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said.

   There was chilling news on a hot and humid day of a terrorist plot to blow up pipelines under JFK airport in New York. Saturday. The very same pipelines run under Philadelphia International and a terrorist plot a hundred miles away is being taken seriously by officials in Philadelphia who want to make sure travelers stay safe. "First, we are really glad that they apprehended these individuals. And second, am I concerned? Absolutely," Rep. Joe Sestak said.

   Seventy percent of the Philadelphia International Airport is in Congressman Joe Sestak's district. News of the plot has him ready to ask some tough questions. "Absolutely, all ready have. In fact, not only that, we have taken action. In this Iraqi Supplemental Bill we've actually moved $1.05 billion into homeland security," Sestak said.

   It was just this week that private security guards came under criticism, guards that protect everything from nuclear power plants to refineries. New Jersey Congressman Rob Andrew is calling for backgrounds checks on all employees.

   "It's quite possible that at this moment there is someone who's supposed to be guarding a nuclear power plant or an oil refinery who's a felon or a terrorist," Rep. Rob Andrews said. Pipeline companies targeted in New York and operating fuel lines in Philadelphia said their lines are constantly monitored electronically, in person and from the air. But is that good enough?

   "You can't protect everything physically. But what you can do is put the right investment into intelligence and knowledge. That's what happened here," Sestak said. Congressman Sestak has been a long time critic of the war in Iraq. He said that money spent on fighting terrorism there could be better spent fighting terror in the U.S.

Source - CBS - 3