WTF? Homeland Security Is Putting Our Ports At More Risk

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    Truly this administration is nuts when it comes to our borders and 'friends'. Put an Islamic company, from United Arab Emirites in charge? When I find myself agreeing with Schumer, they are way, way off! :wtf:

     
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    Greed has no conscience.
     
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    Not sure what greed has to do with this. My guess, more like they're thinking, "If we give this contract to 'them', perhaps we'll have less trouble from UAE." Just like Yemen, that has now let the mastermind of USS Cole bombing 'escape.' Working real well...
     
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    Greed as in "corporate greed." Selling out to a Middle Eastern company to squeeze an extra buck with no regard for who and/or what it's being sold to.
     
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    Maybe I'm not getting it, but since it's the government spending money, trying to save a few dollars just doesn't ring right with me. Sounds more like the thinking of the State Department.
     
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    I was commenting on this. Shareholders are the ones who are going to approve/disapprove the deal.
     
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    I would have to know a little more about the company who actually runs the security. Being called and based in Dubai may not mean much.
     
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    I trust Gaffney. If he says this is a lame-brained idea and a bad deal, it is.

    Port of Entry
    By Frank Gaffney, Jr., Center for Security Policy
    February 14, 2006

    (Washington, D.C.): How would you feel if, in the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. government had decided to contract out airport security to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the country where most of the operational planning and financing of the attacks occurred? It seems a safe bet that you, like most Americans, would think it a lunatic idea, one that could clear the way for still more terror in this country. You probably would want to know who on earth approved such a plan--and be determined to prevent it from happening.

    If the President will not, Congress must ensure that the United Arab Emirates is not entrusted with the operation of any American ports, and that the Treasury Department is stripped of the lead role in evaluating such dubious foreign investments in the United States.

    for full article:
    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.jsp?section=today
     
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    And I thought allowing control of the panama to China was a major error by this Country. But NOW…..
    No attempt to secure the borders, and now to allow the fox to guard the hen house? Hell, we're even gonna leave the door open and the light on!

    Have we reached the INCOMPETANT level YET?

    I think maybe.
     
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    The ports are currently being run by an international company, based out of London. It has already been done, it is not under US control (as far as the business end goes....) Maybe a little socialism would fix the problem....we could socialize the program, spend $7 billion of taxpayer money, and let the same people who run the DMV or the IRS take care of the ports....I know I would sleep better at night.

    Security would still be handled by local authorities (NY/NJ Port Authority, and other port policing programs that are already in place....both local and federally)

    I think this has more to do with politics than actual business.....the spin by the anti-corporate yahoos seems to be winning, this time.....

    If it were little green men with big almond shaped eyes, I am sure that there would be some other reason for opposing it, as well....

    There are many very moderate, intelligent and savvy businessmen (and women) from the UAE who do not subscribe to the radical islamic murderer's beliefs (in fact, it is the majority)

    Should agnostics fear ALL Christians because a couple of NUT JOBS go around assassinating doctors and blowing up abortion clinics......c'mon, people, use a little common sense.

    We are not "outsourcing" our security or intelligence.....if a better offer were to come along for the London based company, I am sure they would consider it, but it would have to make good business sense.

    Do you know who runs and operates the ports of the following locations.....now at greater risk of attack, becuase of some silly cartoons drawn in their country? I think this should contribute more to our fear than anything else....

    North America
    Baltimore
    Charleston
    Houston
    Jacksonville
    Los Angeles
    Miami
    New Orleans
    Oakland
    Port Elizabeth
    Port Everglades
    Portsmouth
    Savannah
    Tacoma

    Caribbean & Latin America
    Buenos Aires
    Itajai
    Kingston

    West & Central Asia
    Aqaba
    Nhava Sheva
    Port Qasim
    Pipavav
    Salalah


    Europe
    Aarhus
    Algeciras
    Bremerhaven
    Constantza
    Gioia Tauro
    Rotterdam
    Zeebrugge

    Africa
    Abidjan
    Douala
    Onne Port
    Port Said
    Tangier

    South East & North Asia
    Kaohsiung
    Kobe
    Laem Chabang
    Tanjung Pelepas
    Shanghai
    Yokohama

    BTW...the company is Maersk (parent company of APM Terminals from Denmark.
     

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