Threat Matrix is a TV drama about the Department of Homeland Security and their anti-terrorism efforts. Last night’s episode centered on some terrorists sneaking into the country via shipping containers.
The show is a mediocre and jingoistic ripoff of 24. And the terrorists were supposedly sneaking into the Port of San Francisco, “one of the busiest ports in the world.” Maybe in 1930 … perhaps they meant Oakland? But the writers got one thing right: It’s very easy to get anything you want into the U.S. through shipping ports. A four-month investigation by Baseline magazine culminated in this long, detailed, and disturbing report: Why Our Seaports Aren’t Safe.