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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Important fact omitted from earlier news about UAE ports deal: Homeland Security objected to it....!

So, how come it took so long for this little gem of information to be revealed? And, how come we were led to believe it was only 6 American ports involved, when---in fact---there were 21?

Isn't it time for a little fireside chat and an open dialogue with the American people about what, exactly, is at stake in the ports takeover by still and yet another foreign country?

It's more than just disconcerting when companies owned by governments of foreign countries---especially countries with totalitarian governments---are in control of any aspect of operating our ports that take in myriad tons of foreign goods and materials every day. And especially when U.S. Security is only inspecting 10 to 15% of the total that comes in.

This is a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen.... Not to mention the finger-pointing war that would accompany it.

More below and here. More also in "UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports," found here, where we discover that " A United Arab Emirates government-owned company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21 American ports, far more than the six widely reported...." Another breaking news article, "Saudi Shipping Company Runs 8 U.S. Ports," can be found here.
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"Homeland Security Protested Ports Deal"

"The Homeland Security Department objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company's taking over significant operations at six U.S. ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent.

The department's early objections were settled later in the government's review of the $6.8 billion deal after Dubai-owned DP World agreed to a series of security restrictions...."

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