Amer­ican ports — including Boston and New York City — remain porous points of entry to ter­ror­ists who can too easily slip weapons of mass destruc­tion into the country hidden in ship­ping containers.

Even Pres­i­dent Obama said recently he’s more con­cerned with “a nuclear weapon going off in Man­hattan” than Putin’s push into Crimea.

He’s right to worry.

The most likely way that a weapon of mass destruc­tion will find its way into the United States is not on the tip of a mis­sile, but in the belly of a ship,” said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Stephen Flynn, an expert on port secu­rity and terrorism.

It’s time to heed the warning and push par­tisan pol­i­tics aside. The solu­tion is ready to roll out.

U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey co-​​authored leg­is­la­tion in 2007 requiring that all cargo con­tainers abroad be scanned for nuclear weapons or other deadly mate­rials before entering the U.S. Although Markey’s bill passed Con­gress, its imple­men­ta­tion was delayed in 2012 and is cur­rently awaiting action this June by Home­land Secu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh Johnson.

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