Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by ScreamingEagle, Feb 23, 2006.
Are these investments also a threat to American security?
So for all of the reasons cited above, what?
Most of these are minority shareholder situations, not total buyouts. And most of them don't have anything to do with having a good measure of control over the most likely point of entry for a nuke into this country.
Do you have on your tinfoil hat?
In other words, you think we only need to be concerned about majority shareholders from the Middle East? Haha...like that is what it takes for terrorists to get a bomb into our country.
Do you really think ANY terminal owners truly know what is being shipped through their terminals? All they really know is what is declared on the manifests they get from the shippers, other than some spot checks. A declaration on a manifest can be a lie. Terrorists could pack up nuclear bomb parts into crates at some unsuspecting company somewhere in Britain (or any country) and load them into a container with hundreds of other crates. The container is then sealed, loaded onto a truck to be taken to an outbound shipping terminal, where it's hoisted off the truck and loaded onto a container ship to the U.S. In the U.S. the container is unloaded from the ship, placed onto a rig and then trucked to its final destination (still unsealed). On the manifest, they can just declare the contents as machinery or whatever. The container could sit in dock in either the originating port or the destination port for a while, among stacks and stacks of other containers, where it might get checked or it might not. If it is not physically checked, who's to know what's really in any container? Right now I understand we are only physically checking about 5%. What we really need are better security checks. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of our national security forces - and they are NOT under the authority of any foreign terminal owners.
There are many other ways our security could be compromised through the port system. Here is an article that discusses some more of those issues. The best way to attain security (other than a peaceful world) will be to develop a comprehensive system to check every container including a scan of the contents of each one. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/na...y23feb23,0,4613151.story?coll=bal-news-nation
I'm personally pleased that so many Americans are so concerned about national security. Now if they could focus on some security issues that would actually make a difference !
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