The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently imposed an act that requires the costumed drivers of horse-drawn canal rides in Pennsylvania to undergo background checks to make sure theyre not a threat to national security.
Though he has no reason to believe canal tour guides are not secretly terrorists out to destroy America, Tom Stoneback, executive director of the National Canal Museum, says the security measure is very necessary.
He explains, Its not crazy at all. The canals are inland waterways. Homeland Security just wants ways to protect the country from people commandeering mule drawn canal boats and using them as weapons of mass destruction.
Operators of all canal boats must go through background screenings and get identity cards to prove they are not terrorists, which Stoneback says will prevent any untoward behavior.
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