An interview San Diego's assistant port director gave to a local television affiliate is stirring up a fair amount of hype and unanswered questions. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security aren't saying what Al Hallor meant when he told KGTV that a "weapon of mass effect" had been found by the port's "partner agencies" in the U.S.
Hallor was cut short by a public relations official before he could provide details. "You ever found one (a weapon of mass effect)?" asked reporter Mitch Blacher. "Not at this location… [but] yes… I would say at the port of San Diego we have not," responded Hallor, before he was interrupted.
"Our overall arching mission is to protect the American homeland against terrorists and from weapons of mass effect from entering the country. We are the guardians of America's borders," Hallor said earlier in the interview. "Potentially every city in America is a target. Given the waterways and the access to the Navy fleet here, I'd say, absolutely, San Diego is a target."
In a follow-up story, Blacher reported his attempts to learn more about what Hallor was referring to – what was found and where – were not getting far. Officials said Hallor misspoke. In a statement, Customs and Border Patrol said "CBP has not specifically had any incidents with nuclear devices or nuclear materials at our ports of entry. CBP is an all-threats agency. The purpose of many security measures is to prevent threats from ever materializing by being prepared for them."