02-19-2006, 02:10 PM #1
Arab-run Firm Buys Company With Major Commercial Operations From 6 Large US Ports
Lawmakers Urge Greater Review of UAE Firm's Deal to Run Six U.S. Ports
WASHINGTON — Questioning the United Arab Emirates' track record in the War on Terror, seven U.S. lawmakers said Thursday they want a committee led by Treasury Secretary John Snow to thoroughly review a deal that would let a UAE-based firm run six major U.S. ports.
"We're calling for the full six-week investigation. It's a serious investigation and the reason why this is critical is while maybe there's nothing wrong with this company, how do we know they're not infiltrated?" asked Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "The United Arab Emirates has had people involved in terrorism. In fact, some of its financial institutions laundered the money for the (Sept, 11) terrorists. And to just blithely go ahead and treat this as another economic transaction is all wrong."
Currently, London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., the fourth largest port operator in the world, runs the six ports. But the $6.8 million sale of P&O to UAE-owned Dubai Ports World (DPW) would effectively turn over North American operations to the government-owned company in Dubai.
If the approval is unchallenged, Dubai Ports World would run the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.
More: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,185107,00.htmlRest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
02-19-2006, 02:12 PM #2
Ok ... I usually support much of what this administration has done, but THIS in my opinion is REALLY STUPID.
Our ports are a key way to get through to our country. Ships can be used as major weapons of mass destruction.
And since when have we trusted Arabs, period?
Maybe I'm missing something here?
I am very disappointed in this move and I hope the sale gets blocked. This totally goes against National Security. But, they know more of what they are doing than I do.Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
02-19-2006, 02:18 PM #3
Rep.: Port Takeover Security Inadequate
Port Takeover Security Inadequate
In a statement, the New Jersey Democrat said, "No matter what steps the administration claims it has secretly taken, it is an unacceptable risk to turn control of our ports over to a foreign government, particularly one with a troubling history. We cannot depend on promises a foreign government has given the administration in secret to secure our ports."
Last edited by PrayersForMaura; 02-19-2006 at 04:07 PM.Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
02-19-2006, 02:30 PM #4
Administration OK With UAE Running Six Major U.S. Ports
Feb. 12, 2006
WASHINGTON — 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.
02-19-2006, 02:35 PM #5
Chertoff Defends UAE Port Deal
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff on Sunday defended the government's security review of an Arab company given permission to take over operations at six major U.S. ports.
"We make sure there are assurances in place, in general, sufficient to satisfy us that the deal is appropriate from a national security standpoint," Chertoff said on ABC's "This Week."
London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., was bought last week by Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business from the United Arab Emirates. Peninsular and Oriental runs major commercial operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.
U.S. lawmakers from both parties are questioning the sale, approved by the Bush administration, as a possible risk to national security.
"It's unbelievably tone deaf politically at this point in our history," Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C. said on "FOX News Sunday."
"Most Americans are scratching their heads, wondering why this company from this region now," Graham said.
Added Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.: "I think we've got to look into this company. We've got to ensure ... the American people that their national security interests are going to be protected."
02-19-2006, 02:53 PM #6
Congressman: Port deal lacks sufficient security
Arab company would be allowed to run six ports
Sunday, February 19, 2006; Posted: 1:47 p.m. EST (18:47 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. terms for approving an Arab company's takeover of operations at six major American ports are insufficient to guard against terrorist infiltration, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday.
"I'm aware of the conditions and they relate entirely to how the company carries out its procedures, but it doesn't go to who they hire, or how they hire people," Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, said.
"They're better than nothing, but to me they don't address the underlying conditions, which is how are they going to guard against things like infiltration by al Qaeda or someone else, how are they going to guard against corruption?" King said.
02-19-2006, 04:08 PM #7
Ports Deal Prompts Lawsuit
WASHINGTON -- A Miami company is suing to stop an Arab firm from taking over shipping operations at the Port of Miami.
It's the first American courtroom effort to block a $6.8 billion deal between a British company and a state-owned firm in the United Arab Emirates.
The sale is already embroiled in a national debate over security risks at the six major U.S. ports affected.
02-19-2006, 04:12 PM #8
Yes, this seems a bit more important than the Dick Cheney saga.
Our ports are wide open doors for people in other countries to put what they want to in the middle of our country.
So, we want them to be run by the United Arab Emirates? Where is the outrage?
Dubai has been the transfer point for shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
02-19-2006, 08:46 PM #9Former Member
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[QUOTE=PrayersForMaura]Chertoff Defends UAE Port Deal
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff on Sunday defended the government's security review of an Arab company given permission to take over operations at six major U.S. ports. ]
oh- that makes me feel all warm & fuzzy
i swear to god- what is wrong with this picture???
02-19-2006, 10:14 PM #10Former Member
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I'm with Prayers for Maura. I may be Republican, but I would no more allow a UAE based company to guard my ports. I say, we do it ourselves. This is stupid, no matter which way you present it. They may start out ok, but with Iran having gathered a reputed 10,000 suicide bombing volunteers for the Jihad, I wouldn't want anyone connected to a Middle Eastern Country to be in charge of our security.
There are some pretty prominent private security companies here in the US. Some of them are headed up by former Navy Seals, Special Ops experts, etc. Let's get them involved and train some of our own people for these jobs. Why give a contract to a foreign country? I would volunteer to add a couple of dollars to my taxes to hire Americans for this. Wouldn't you? Let's get the best, not outsource to save a few dollars so we can build a bridge to an island off Alaska to allow 50 residents to come to the mainland.
02-19-2006, 10:25 PM #11Former Member
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I think everyone feels the same way. I've never seen a CNN poll so lop-sided - 88 percent to 12 percent against selling the ports to Arabs.
This is a bad idea.
02-19-2006, 10:32 PM #12Former Member
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IMO, since this is war time we should be able to protect ourselves from this being allowed. Though we are not at war with this country it is affiliated with the area.
02-19-2006, 10:46 PM #13Former Member
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The Constitution isn't a suicide pact.
02-20-2006, 12:38 AM #14
Arab-run secure American ports; is that an oxymoron or WHAT?
What are they thinking of? Chertoff, Shmertoff.
02-20-2006, 12:10 PM #15Former Member
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O.K. I am a Canadian and I even think that something is not Kosher here.
a) I don't trust the "administration" of GWB et al. Not one bit. To ever tell the truth.
b)If someone at some day, ever gets into this company and wants to use it to harm the USA, then they will be able to.
c)To risky, marine ports that are already vulnerable.
I just don't like it one bit, no way. I am sure deep inside this quagmire, there has to be something to do with OIL.
I don't see what the quid pro quo is for the USA.