Skip to comments.Dubai-based Gulftainer and Its Terrorist Ties
Posted on 06/13/2015 7:58:34 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Gulftainer Co. Ltd., an Emirati container terminal operator, opened its first US terminal today in Port Canaveral, Florida. A number of staunch conservatives showed up to protest the opening and with good cause.
The terminal, which has leased land at Port Canaveral for 35 years, marks the first significant containerized cargo operation there and has the potential to expand to other ports. With two gantry cranes and 20 acres of container storage space, Gulftainer estimates that terminal could handle up to 200,000 TEUsor the equivalent of 200,000 20-foot-long shipping containerseach year.
Gulftainer hopes to capitalize on Central Floridas growing role as a logistics hub, with inland warehouses, rail access to the Northeast and Midwest and land for infrastructure development. Periodically docked at Port Canaveral are nuclear assets for the US military and NATO, so this is also a national security issue.
Peter Richards, Gulftainers managing director, said he has been trying to bring Gulftainer, which operates container terminals in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, North Africa, Brazil and elsewhere, to the US for about two years. Founded in 1976, Gulftainer is a subsidiary of privately-held conglomerate, Crescent Enterprises, based in the United Arab Emirates. Notice that the countries where this company operates have terrorist ties and/or are hostile to the US. Since Dubai Ports World created a ruckus in 2005 when trying to take control of a number of US ports, Gulftainer has been hesitant to enter the market in the US. But with the Progressive/Marxist atmosphere of the Obama Administration and the blatant colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood here in our government, the time seemed just about right for allowing an Islamic entity to move in and control a major US port, I guess.
Gulftainer is a $100 million investment and simply put, should not be allowed. Since we are in military conflicts across the globe with radical Islamists and countries such as UAE and Qatar are known to have deep terrorist ties, this company should have been thoroughly vetted before allowing them in as an owner of a strategic port. Instead, few have looked into them and they are heralded as an outstanding company.
The promise of new jobs should not overshadow the fact that this company is a security risk. And with nuclear subs docking there, can we afford that kind of gamble? Port leaders expect the new business to create 2,000 jobs with an impact of more than $630 million on the local economy of Port Canaveral.
Perhaps we should listen to those there that are questioning the sanity of allowing a Middle Eastern company to control a port that is of huge significance to the US:
But some opponents, including a California congressman, have raised concerns that the companys ties to [the] Middle East make it a bad choice to be located near the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and other military installations.
Were not bad people as I try to emphasize, said Peter Richards, Gulftainers managing director. Were good people here for the good of the community (and) the good of the port. And I think in the next six months, theyre going to see that. Were going to actually generate Canaveral into a good logistics hub.
Some bloggers have even claimed Gulftainer helped ship weapons to terrorist groups, but the company said thats not true.
The garbage that they put about us being linked to terrorist groups, where do they come off? Richards said. I dont understand how anybody can do that. Were trusted by 15 governments worldwide. We actually cooperate with your own military. We actually provide the logistics for the American forces in the Middle East.
Port Canaveral leaders are coming to the defense of the company.
Weve selected them because they are good, quality people, said John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral. They are one of the best terminal operators in the world, and then to have members of our community say things that are inappropriate, racist and profiling. To me, thats not OK.
And exactly how do you know they are such good people? And is it really racist to question the terrorist ties of a company moving into your community? Sounds like those so-called leaders are telling residents to just shut up and go away that they should know their place and leave big business to the elites as it should be. I dont think so. Must of been a lot of silver that crossed the palms of leaders and business icons there in Port Canaveral. Theyve been blinded by the shiny light of corruption.
Gulftainer is adjacent to a US Navy nuclear submarine base and NASAs Kennedy Space Center. It has allegedly been shipping weapons through the Port of Umm Qasr to two Iranian-backed terrorist militia groups in Iraq, the Badr Brigades and Asaeib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), according to a leak from Iraq General Port Company officials in Basra to Iraqi media.
According to the 1776 Channel, who has done yeomans work on this subject, Port Canaveral is home to critical national security operations and infrastructure. A plethora of space and defense installations and programs, many of them highly classified, are situated either inside the port or within the immediate vicinity:
NASA Kennedy Space Center and Visitor Complex
Patrick Air Force Base
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
US Navy Trident submarine base (Trident Turning Basin)
Top secret Air Force space plane
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spy satellites
Department of Defense/Boeing GPS satellites
SpaceX resupply missions to the International Space Station
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
NASA Orion deep space capsule project and test launches
United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket
United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket
Nuclear submarines resupply operations
Lockheed Martin Fleet Ballistic Missile Eastern Ranger Operations
Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) Seismic, hydroacoustic and satellite monitoring of nuclear treaty signatory nations
Air Force Space Command/45th Space Wing
Air Force 920th Rescue Wing (Combat Search and Rescue)
Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
US Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral
Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection
Numerous defense contractors (too many too list)
This deal has actually alarmed the military and is raising the eyebrows of a number of security experts. It was approved by Treasury Secretary Jacob Jack Lew, a former senior adviser to President Clinton. Gulftainers exclusive arrangement with Port Canaveral was negotiated in secret under the code name Project Pelican. Evidently, you have to sign the deal before you can know what is in it there in Port Canaveral. Sound familiar? And when all else fails, pull the race card to shut people up.
Gulftainer USA (GT USA) is a unit of UAEs privately-held intermodal container terminal operator Gulftainer, which in turn is a unit of Crescent Enterprises, part of the Crescent Group conglomerate. The Jafar family owns both of these and has close ties to former President Bill Clinton. The UN is also tied to Gulftainer and just recently it was strongly suspected that Gulftainer was involved with Iran in shipping rockets to Gaza. The shipment were seized by Israel and the reports are classified, so it cannot be proven (yet) that this is the case. But there is an excellent chance that Gulftainer is involved in smuggling weapons and arms for and to terrorists.
It would seem that not only do we have people in the US in the highest levels of government that could not pass a background check to clean toilets we also have Middle Eastern countries being waived into sensitive ports without so much as the most minor of security checks. Thats like sitting on a ticking time bomb and praying that it wont blow up like a jihadist in a Palestinian work accident. Its insane. Port Canaveral might want to consider their hasty decision before a nuclear weapon glides into that port that could be used against the US. Just sayin.
There are brave folks in Florida standing up to this and protesting. Id like to close with a few pictures from this morning, courtesy of Andrea Shea King of the Radio Patriot:
Also see Greenfield on the same issue at:
A significant incursion, under our collective noses.
With risk of Captain Obvious, is this a different iteration of the Dubai ports deal of a few years ago and/or in fact the same thing?
I remember the early response to this then upcoming incursion...many many moons ago. but had lost track of its “progress”
Well, since a couple of the disney ships are based there, everything will be just fine. And, I hear the gulftainer does a really good job of what they do. Probably nothing nefarious going on. Or not. Thiry five year contract? What? Nobody signs a 35 year contract. Well unless you’re buying a house or something. :>}
I hear ya.
I’m sure we can have as much confidence as we had in Pakistani Intelligence.
Yes...This is very disturbing.
Curious about the last photos of CMA-CGM, a French container shipping company. I guess they needed more pictures of container ships to fill out the story, but it’s French, not Gulftainer.
I think it was FReeper Jeff Head who hit on ports and containers in his novel. I recommend his novel. The last 20% is very, very fulfilling.
Travis is well-aware of potential dangers near our sub bases, mostly from the boat attack on our warship in Aden, Yemen, way back.
Secret deal... usual suspects
“Recently-installed Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh concealed the Pelican Project and the identity of Gulftainer from the public until June 24, 2014, by which time Gulftainer officials from the UAE had already arrived in Florida for a signing ceremony. “
Gulfainer USA (GT USA) is a unit of UAEs privately-held intermodal container terminal operator Gulftainer, which in turn is a unit of Crescent Enterprises, part of the Crescent Group conglomerate.
The UAEs Jafar family, which owns and controls both the Crescent Group and Gulftainer, has both direct and indirect connections to former President Clinton, a 1776 Channel investigation has discovered.
Two brothers, Majid Jafar and Badr Jafar, stand at the helm of the Jafar family business empire.
Majid Jafar, 38, is CEO of UAE-based Crescent Petroleum, the petroleum unit of the Crescent Group.
Badr Jafar, 35, is Managing Director of the Crescent Group, President of Crescent Petroleum and CEO of Crescent Enterprises, the parent of Gulftainer.
Majid co-Chairs, alongside former President Clinton, Business Backs Education, a United Nations UNESCO-run global educational campaign. The campaign is funded by the Varkey GEMS foundation, a contributor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
The Varkey GEMS Foundation has helped to facilitate more than 2,300 commitments through the Clinton Global Initiative to date. Upon funding and implementation, these commitments will have a total value of over $70 billion. Varkey Foundation Website
Treasury Secretary Lew granted approval to the Port Canaveral Gulftainer deal, without a national security review, on September 26, 2014, almost exactly six months after Bill Clinton and Crescent Petroleum CEO Majid Jafar stood on stage together at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2014 in Dubai.
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Hmmmm...I wonder if a "donation" was made to the Bill and Hill slush fund? Had to go through the State Dept at some point.
Not the same but a later iteration.
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