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A Dubai Finesse ("This Contract Should Have Been Stopped at an Earlier Stage...")
Washington Post ^ | 02/24/2006 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 02/24/2006 3:08:30 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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The greater and more immediate danger is that as soon as the Dubai company takes over operations, it will necessarily become privy to information about security provisions at crucial U.S. ports. That would mean a transfer of information about our security operations -- and perhaps even worse, about the holes in our security operations -- to a company in an Arab state in which there might be employees who, for reasons of corruption or ideology, would pass this invaluable knowledge on to al-Qaeda types.

That is the danger, and it is a risk, probably an unnecessary one.

*SNIP*

This contract should have been stopped at an earlier stage, but at this point doing so would cause too much damage to our relations with moderate Arab states. There are no very good options. The best exit strategy is this: (1) Allow the contract to go through; (2) give it heightened scrutiny by assigning a team of U.S. government agents to work inside the company at least for the first few years to make sure security is tight and information closely held; (3) have the team report every six months to both the executive and a select congressional committee.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allowcontract; charleskrauthammer; dubai; krauthammer; ports; uae
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To: Goodgirlinred
Frankly, I would rather see American companies handling security at our ports for security and economic reasons.

Well you got what you want because America has always and always will be responsible for handling security at our ports or anywhere else in United States for that matter. This company will not be in charge of security, that is OUR job. US Coast Guard, US Customs, Department of Homeland Security and Local Law Enforcement.

201 posted on 02/24/2006 8:28:57 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Goodgirlinred

Thank you Miss. I'm glad I was able to be of some assistance.


202 posted on 02/24/2006 8:30:06 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Goodgirlinred

Oh, and I'd like to add, I have to agree with General Franks when he says we probably won't find a better allie either.


203 posted on 02/24/2006 8:31:09 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Echo Talon

Thank you. I will rest easier tonight. :)


204 posted on 02/24/2006 9:17:29 PM PST by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: CWOJackson

Well, that is god enough for me. Then it should get through Congress pretty quickly with his endorsement.


205 posted on 02/24/2006 9:19:34 PM PST by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

no problem


206 posted on 02/24/2006 9:24:37 PM PST by Echo Talon
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