New York City’s New Terror-Detection System Will Not Be Fooled

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New York’s “Securing the Cities” program received some added support over the weekend, as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the city just acquired an additional $18.5 million to fund the 4,500-detector program, bringing the total devoted to the effort up to about $69 million. The program had been the target of some criticism, as analysts wondered how the detectors would be able to distinguish between deadly radioactive bombs and … innocuous things like medical devices. Gillibrand attempted to put those concerns to bed, however, telling reporters that this detection system will be able to weed out false alarms: "New York City has thoroughly mapped the New York City area for background radiation so there is a minimization of false positives," she said.

Sen. Gillibrand announces another $18.5M for terror detection system that weeds out false alarms [NYDN]