Charleston Port Security Project's Funds in Jeopardy

Anti-terror task force sought to analyze ship movements, examine containers; served as model

Coast Guard Capt. John Cameron, the federal maritime security coordinator in Charleston and captain of the port, said he remains hopeful that the government's original plans to expand Seahawk to other cities "are carried out to full fruition." But if the program loses its main backing, he said, the Coast Guard already has told the other participating agencies in Charleston that it would "continue to facilitate as much of the task force as we can."

"We've proven with the partnership that it's the right way to do business," Cameron said. "And keeping the unified command together and keeping the partnership alive will continue to be the right way to do business."

Efforts to keep Seahawk up and running are under way on Capitol Hill, said Sharon Axson, spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C. Brown's office has been working with Graham's on "an educational campaign" about Seahawk, including a letter to the congressional port-security caucus, she said.

"We need to heighten awareness of that project," Axson said.

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