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Posted: 2/16/2006 5:17:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 5:18:48 PM EDT by topknot]
For once I actually agree with that POS Schumer.

Call your Representatives in the morning and tell them to actively oppose allowing the purchase of our vital and strategic National Ports to those who actively work against us.

The UAE still recognizes the Taliban as the rightful government of Afghanistan and do not recognize Israel's right to exist. They are also in current talks with Iran to INCREASE their trade with them.

This is nuts. Make your voice heard!
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Arab Company Taking Over 6 US Ports

UAE Co. Poised to Oversee Six U.S. Ports

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press WriterSat Feb 11, 9:41 AM ET

A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism.

The Bush administration considers the UAE an important ally in the fight against terrorism since the suicide hijackings and is not objecting to Dubai Ports World's purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

The $6.8 billion sale is expected to be approved Monday. The British company is the fourth largest ports company in the world and its sale would affect commercial U.S. port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.

DP World said it won approval from a secretive U.S. government panel that considers security risks of foreign companies buying or investing in American industry.

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States "thoroughly reviewed the potential transaction and concluded they had no objection," the company said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The committee earlier agreed to consider concerns about the deal as expressed by a Miami-based company, Eller & Co., according to Eller's lawyer, Michael Kreitzer. Eller is a business partner with the British shipping giant but was not in the running to buy the ports company.

The committee, which could have recommended that President Bush block the purchase, includes representatives from the departments of Treasury, Defense, Justice, Commerce, State and Homeland Security.

The State Department describes the UAE as a vital partner in the fight against terrorism. But the UAE, a loose federation of seven emirates on the Saudi peninsula, was an important operational and financial base for the hijackers who carried out the attacks against New York and Washington, the FBI concluded.

Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), a Democrat whose district includes the New York port, urged the administration to consider the sale carefully.

"America's busiest ports are vital to our economy and to the international economy, and that is why they remain top terrorist targets," Schumer said. "Just as we would not outsource military operations or law enforcement duties, we should be very careful before we outsource such sensitive homeland security duties."

Last month, the White House appointed a senior DP World executive, David C. Sanborn of Virginia, to be the new administrator of the Maritime Administration of the Transportation Department. Sanborn worked as DP World's director of operations for Europe and Latin America.

Critics of the proposed purchase said a port operator complicit in smuggling or terrorism could manipulate manifests and other records to frustrate Homeland Security's already limited scrutiny of shipping containers and slip contraband past U.S. Customs inspectors.

"When you have a foreign government involved, you are injecting foreign national interests," Kreitzer said. "A country that may be a friend of ours today may not be on the same side tomorrow. You don't know in advance what the politics of that country will be in the future."

Shipping experts noted that many of the world's largest port companies are not based in the U.S., and they pointed to DP World's strong economic interest in operating ports securely and efficiently.

"Does this pose a national security risk? I think that's pushing the envelope," said Stephen E. Flynn, who studies maritime security at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. "It's not impossible to imagine one could develop an internal conspiracy, but I'd have to assign it a very low probability."

Changing management over the U.S. ports "doesn't offer al-Qaida any opportunities it doesn't have now," said James Lewis, who worked with the U.S. committee at the State and Commerce departments. "It's in Dubai's interest to make sure this runs well. There is strong economic incentive to be sure these worries never materialize."

Flynn and others said even under foreign control, U.S. ports will continue to be run by unionized American employees. "You're not going have a bunch of UAE citizens working the docks," Flynn said. "They're longshoremen, vested in high-paying jobs. Most of them are Archie Bunker-kind of Americans."

Peninsular and Oriental and DP World set approval by the U.S. security committee as a condition for the sale. In regulatory papers, the companies said either the committee must agree not to formally investigate the purchase or Bush must not move to block the sale for national security purposes.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI has said the money for the strikes was transferred to the hijackers primarily through the UAE's banking system, and much of the operational planning for the attacks took place inside the UAE.

Many of the hijackers traveled to the U.S. through the UAE. Also, the hijacker who steered United Airlines flight into the World Trade Center's south tower, Marwan al-Shehhi, was born in the UAE.

After the attacks, U.S. Treasury Department officials complained about a lack of cooperation by the UAE and other Arab countries trying to track Osama bin Laden's bank accounts.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:31:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 5:34:24 PM EDT by motown_steve]
Probably the worst idea in the history of bad ideas.

What the fuck are these idiots thinking?

It's not bad enough that the damn Communist Chinese are buying up technology companies and property in the US, but now were going to let the A-rabs buy/control our busiest ports? Is this a fucking joke or something?

I thought our ports were one of our biggest concerns for terrorists smuggling NBC weapons into this country. Now were going to let the foxes guard the hen house?
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:40:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:41:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chokey:
Dupe



Hmmm, I searched "arabs" and "ports" before posting and came up with nothing...
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:46:25 PM EDT
it's there, try Dubai or UAE

In any case a little further study will indicate it is only some of the port carago operations not the complete ports.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:47:51 PM EDT
DUPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<­img src=/images/smilies/smiley_bucktooth.gif border=0 align=middle>
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 5:50:20 PM EDT
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