Up Our Guard
his State of the Union address in January, President Bush visited a Coast
Guard unit in Maine and praised the agency for its unprecedented diligence
in protecting the nation from both external and internal dangers since
the September 11 terrorist attacks. "I saw how the Coast Guard responded
after 9/11," Bush says, "and I know how important the Coast
Guard is for the safety and security and the well-being of our American
The agency presented
the Commander in Chief with a list of record-breaking statistics that
reflect the intense operations Coast Guard divisions have launched since
September, including the largest port-security operation since Wold War
In many cases, higher
security checks for terrorist activity led to other forms of crime-fighting,
such as increased narcotics and illegal-immigration busts. Here’s
a chronicle of some of those stats that prompted the President’s
Between September 11
and January 25, the Coast Guard:
conducted 30,000 port-security patrols and 3,000 air patrols
and inspected more than 10,000 vessels, more than 1,000 of which were
in New York Harbor alone
5,112 vessels in and out of port
heightened states of alert at 361 major ports, including the new higher-security
ports in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Los Angeles
33,560 pounds of cocaine and 13,618 pounds of marijuana
587 illegal immigrants
armed guards in the bridges and engine rooms of cruise ships
air marshals on commercial flights in support of the FAA and Department
high-security posts at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the detainment of
2,900 reservists to active duty and contributed more than 110,000 volunteer
hours to support Coast Guard missions.
ON SHELVES: Know
new to boating or new to taking care of your boat, David Kroenke’s
latest book will boost your courage in tackling maintenance chores from
the bilge to the helm station.
Know Your Boat is a
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3-7. The Tacoma Dome Boat Show in Tacoma, Washington. (253) 756-2121.
Pensacola Boat Show in Pensacola, Florida. (334) 478-7469.
The Orange County Boat Show in Anaheim, California. (714) 633-7581.
The Bay Bridge Boat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. (410) 268-8828.
The Pacific Powerboat Expo in Oakland, California. (510) 834-1000.
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