Friday, February 17, 2006

Arab Control of American Ports

New York. New Jersey. Baltimore. New Orleans. Miami. Philadelphia.

These six major American sea ports may soon be controlled by the Arab Muslim nation of Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates. Remember the UAE? The UAE has a history as an operational and financial base for the murderous 9/11/01 hijackers who crashed fuel laden airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, incinerating three thousand Americans in the single deadliest attack on American soil.

Remember? You haven’t forgotten, have you? You didn’t stop caring, did you?

Apparently President Bush and his administration either have forgotten, or stopped caring. They must have. Or they wouldn’t allow the sale. Of course, the sale involved 6.8 billion dollars. ($6,800,000,000) That’s a lot of money. Confused?

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company based in London, is the world's fourth-largest ports company and runs commercial operations at shipping terminals in the American ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia. Well, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States which is run by the Treasury Department agreed unanimously to the sale of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation to Dubai Ports World which is owned by the government of Dubai, of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE was a friend of Mohammad Atta and the other 18 Muslim hijackers who killed 3,000 Americans and sent our economy into a tailspin for so long.

But, have no fear, the Bush administration on Thursday, February 16, dismissed criticism about potential security risks of the sale. After all, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reviewed an assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies. The committee's 12 members agreed unanimously the sale did not present any problems. Stewart Baker, an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, told the Associated Press.. “It is important to focus on this partner as opposed to just what part of the world they come from. We came to the conclusion that the transaction should not be halted.” (Emphasis added)

Even U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from New York said; “Outsourcing the operations of our largest ports to a country with a dubious record on terrorism is a homeland security and commerce accident waiting to happen. The administration needs to take another look at this deal.” This is probably the first time I have ever agreed with Chuck Schumer.

(Two other articles worth reading on the subject are: Arab takeover of U.S. ports seen as security 'insanity' and McClellan: Port deal OK with Bush)

It would appear that the $6,800,000,000 involved in the sale is enough to make Bush forget a little, or at least care a little less about Dubai's duplicity in the 9/11/01 attacks.

Does this make you angry? It should. It should also make you a little afraid.


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