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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? My guess is 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.
Of course, no such thing occurred after September 11, 2001. In fact, the job of keeping our planes and the flying public secure was deemed to be so important that the government itself took it over from private contractors seen as insufficiently rigorous in executing that responsibility.
Now, however, four-and-a-half years later, a secretive government committee has decided to turn over the management of six of the Nation's most important ports — in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, Baltimore and New Orleans — to Dubai Ports World following the UAE company's purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which previously had the contract.
Originally posted by xmotex
The UAE is no Syria or Iran... the UAE is a moderate, pro US regime that has provided bases for US forces in Iraq. In fact they've been hosting US forces since the first Gulf War. If the UAE is "radical Islam's favorite hiding place" someone really ought to let the 1100 US troops stationed there know...
[edit on 2/15/06 by xmotex]
Originally posted by thermopolis
In case you missed it the US just turned over port security to radical Islams favorite hiding place UAE.
How do you get Nukes into the US..............just ship them in!!!!!!!!!
[edit on 15-2-2006 by thermopolis]
With the fact that it is most likely that the security forces will be Islamic there is a likelyhood that they can and will be infiltrated.
The administration did not require Dubai Ports to keep copies of business records on U.S. soil, where they would be subject to court orders. It also did not require the company to designate an American citizen to accommodate U.S. government requests. Outside legal experts said such obligations are routinely attached to U.S. approvals of foreign sales in other industries.
Its a goverment runned business a extension of the UAE not some private company.