ABC7 News covered a story focused on the Arlington County Board vote regarding explosive detectors and the DOD desire for exemption from the Freedom of Information Act. Explosive detector equipment would help the federal government know who was responsible for particular weapon use and how to respond to such situations. Michael Swetnam, CEO & Chairman of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, commented on the ABC7 News story stating, “If you put a series of these chemical or explosive detectors around the county and you get more than one or two hits, you ought to be able to predict the direction the bad weapon or the chemical is going in.” The story and video can be found here.


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