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Arab takeover of U.S. ports seen as security 'insanity'
World Net Daily ^ | Posted: February 15, 2006February 15, 2006 3:24 p.m. Eastern | WorldNetDaily

Posted on 02/16/2006 9:41:40 PM PST by Cinnamon

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1 posted on 02/16/2006 9:41:42 PM PST by Cinnamon
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What can be done to stop this? If we let 6 major ports be controlled by a terrorist-sponsoring nation, we're not serious about the War on Terror.

http://webnewsroom.blogspot.com/2006/02/re-portgate.html

For once, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is right about something. I guess it just goes to show that even a blind bird catches a worm once in a while.

What Schumer is right about is his opposition to the deal that would allow Dubai Ports World, a company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to gain control of six major American ports through its purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Staem Navigation Company, which currently runs the ports: New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Miami.

The obvious question is, aren't there any American companies capable of running these ports? And the more important question is, Are we serious about the War on Terror? We have left our borders wide open for anyone (including terrorists) to come through and now we are turning control of six major ports over to a country that sponsors terrorism.

The deal has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, but Schumer, along with Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representaties Vito Fossella (R-NY), Christopher Shays (R-Ct.), and Mark Foley (R-Fla.), is trying to stop the transaction. REpresentaigve Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has urged the Bush Administration to reconsider.

New York City Council members of both parties have spoken out against the deal. "On its face, this looks like insanity to me," the Republican minority leader of the City Council, James Oddo, said. The chairman of the Council's Public Safety Committee, Democrat Peter Vallone, said that the deal "raises some legitimate concerns."

The Bush administration considers the UAE a key ally in the War on Terror, but the UAE has been a sponsor of terrorism. It was the home of Marwan al-Shehi, one of the 19 hijackers who killed 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. Other hijackers travelled through the UAE. The UAE was an important financial base for the September 11 hijackers. The country is a transit point for Al Qaeda. It has been a financier of Al Qaeda. It continues to regard the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan and is militantly anti-Israel. The CIA has identified the UAE as a major center for drug running and money laundering. It also has close ties to Iran.

The UAE is a federation of seven Arab emirates on the Arabian peninsula.

As Rep. Foley has said, "If our ports are the most vulnerable targets for terrorism and if we are at war, as the president says, we should be overly critical of handing over the management of our ports to any foreign countries, post 9/11."

What happens if nuclear materials pass through one of these ports? How will the UAE direct its employees to deal with that? The threat to our national security is clear.

That is why these Senators and Representatives are right to speak out against the transfer of control of our ports to UAE control, just as Red Chinese control of the Panama Canal poses a threat to our national security.

Can we afford to turn control of key ports over to a company controlled by a terrorist-sponsoring government?


2 posted on 02/16/2006 9:44:47 PM PST by TBP
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To: Cinnamon

Maybe we should let them bid on JFK, LAX, O'Hare, and Reagan National too?


3 posted on 02/16/2006 9:46:12 PM PST by AntiGuv
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Hey, it's diverse and multicultural...


4 posted on 02/16/2006 9:46:56 PM PST by Steely Tom (Your taboos are not my taboos.)
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To: TBP

this is scary stuff. they could practically ship a nuke to one of our ports.. who the hell let this happen? I am losing my sanity


5 posted on 02/16/2006 9:49:26 PM PST by Cinnamon
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"It's not impossible to imagine one could develop an internal conspiracy, but I'd have to assign it a very low probability."

This guy's probably right. Think about it - if an attack were to happen, the UAE would know we'd blame them first. They'd be on the top of our hitlist, like the Taliban was. Heck, they'd have a vested interest in providing extra-strong security so there are no "misunderstandings".
7 posted on 02/16/2006 9:50:33 PM PST by billybudd
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To: Cinnamon
who the hell let this happen?

The Bush Administration -- the same people who keep our borders wide open.

8 posted on 02/16/2006 9:50:46 PM PST by TBP
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To: Cinnamon

Stuff like this is what causes revolutions.


9 posted on 02/16/2006 9:55:29 PM PST by Cedar
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Can we get some information as to who, exactly controls Dubai Ports World? Is it a particular person or family? More info is needed before we can categorically say this is evil.

Is it owned by some sleazy Saudi prince, or by some innocent Dubai family in the shipping business?

10 posted on 02/16/2006 9:55:54 PM PST by japaneseghost (()
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Call me a nativist or a nationalist or hell even ignorant but allowing the transaction just doesn't sit right.
11 posted on 02/16/2006 9:57:56 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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Q. How many nukes can you conceal in a standard shipping container?

A. One. (Why would you need more than one?)

Also worthy of note that a mechanized division can deploy rather quickly from a "Ro-Ro" (Roll-on, roll-off cargo ship.) It wouldn't take much imagination to seize several key ports, hold nearby residents hostage, and strangle the country. Actually, it would take zero imagination. The Russians used that trick in Clancy's "Red Storm Rising."
We know the terrorists steal his ideas, since in "Debt of Honor" (published pre-9/11) a Japanese pilot kamikazes a 747 into the Capitol, killing the President and most of Congress.


12 posted on 02/16/2006 10:09:23 PM PST by Ostlandr ( CONUS SITREP is foxtrot uniform bravo alfa romeo)
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Yes. I'm a Republican, and voted for Bush. heck- in the next election, I'll vote Repub just because the worst Gop'r is better than the best Dem, BUT- and this is a big BUT-- has Bush lost his mind? This is no different than letting the nazis take over ports during WWII. Who thought this was a good idea? He's opened the borders, and now this. Just amazing. It's like we're living in the Twilight Zone. We are so doomed. With leadership like this, maybe we shouldn't go on. It's like putting chlorine int he gene pool.


13 posted on 02/16/2006 10:22:36 PM PST by bildabare
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Guiliani would never ever let this stupidity happen. He would boot them out and convince the entire country that this stupid move was stupid.


14 posted on 02/16/2006 10:32:02 PM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf (http://bloodlesslinchpinsofislamicterrorism.blogspot.com))
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1579861/posts

... this is our John Gambling [he has Laura Ingram sub often]

... making our point with an astute[aHem!] national repoterette

... BTW , Mark Levin played the audio of this exchange on his show today , God Bless'em


15 posted on 02/16/2006 10:41:52 PM PST by Dad yer funny
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disturbing...wake up W!


16 posted on 02/16/2006 10:45:54 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: billybudd
"Think about it - if an attack were to happen, the UAE would know we'd blame them first. They'd be on the top of our hitlist, like the Taliban was."

Now you think about it. They'd be "on the top of our hitlist" because they are Arab muslims who support the Taliban as rightful rulers of Afghanistan. This being the case, WTF are we doing even considering letting these people run our port security?

We are in a war against muslim terrorists and those who support terrorists, so we are hiring muslims who support terrorists for our port security? Has this whole country gone insane? There is no excuse, no apology for this madness. What is Bush thinking?

17 posted on 02/16/2006 10:59:07 PM PST by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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To: tkathy

"Guiliani would never ever let this stupidity happen. He would boot them out and convince the entire country that this stupid move was stupid."

Good point. Maybe still yet he can speak out (and loud) about it.

This Arab deal has to be stopped.




18 posted on 02/16/2006 11:00:07 PM PST by Cedar
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To: Cinnamon; potlatch; devolve

Has this been on MSM yet? Haven't seen it or read it anywhere but here. Some of the conservative radio programs have picked it up. I guess Dick Cheney's weekend woes are more important to the ever-vigilant MSM.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 11:12:09 PM PST by ntnychik
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Hey FReeper FRiend , see post #15

... someone has the audio of John Gambling Show ,...

... it is breathtaking!! NO SH*T


20 posted on 02/16/2006 11:16:57 PM PST by Dad yer funny
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