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Paul Harvey was commenting on this today- that the new Arab port owners will have complete control over the ports and that the US will not even be able to have any say into who they hire in these high security areas......

Selling our country- piece by piece- agreement by agreement--all for the almighty dollar.....
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Arab-owned American ports?
TODAY'S EDITORIAL
February 15, 2006


Some of the country's busiest ports -- New York, New Jersey, Baltimore and three others -- are about to become the property of the United Arab Emirates. Do we really want our major ports in the hands of an Arab country where al Qaeda recruits, travels and wires money?
The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment, a Treasury Department-dominated group which reviews foreign investments, allows such purchases. The committee approved a $6.8 billion transaction between the ports' current British owners and Dubai Ports World, a government-owned United Arab Emirates firm. The United Arab Emirates was home to Marwan al-Shehhi, a September 11 hijacker; the country is a transit point for al Qaeda, including several other September 11 hijackers; al Qaeda's financing activities have involved the UAE; al Qaeda finds sympathizers there with ease, as it does in other Arab countries.
The Bush administration calls the United Arab Emirates an ally in the war on terror. But the UAE plays the same game Saudi Arabia does of quelching terrorists at home and turning a blind eye everywhere else.
It would be easy to caricature this sale: The purchase doesn't entail young Arab firebrands replacing longshoremen, nor would it displace American ownership. The storied British firm that currently owns them, the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., probably isn't much better equipped against terrorist infiltration than Dubai Ports World. But then, the poor state of port security is precisely the point.
We should be improving port security in an age of terrorism, not outsourcing decisions to the highest bidder. The ports are thought to be the country's weakest homeland-security link, with good reason. Only a fraction of the nation's maritime cargoes are inspected.
This deal appears to be all about money. Dubai Ports World is "a business and its money is the same color as everyone else's, only it's got more of it," one banker told the Baltimore Sun. Where does the money come from? As a private company, Dubai Ports World's claim of 20 percent annual growth since 2001 is all but unverifiable, and its inner workings opaque. For all we know, Dubai Ports World is an undeclared arm of a foreign government.
The root question is this: Why should the United States have to gamble its port security on whether a subsidiary of the government of the United Arab Emirates happens to remain an antiterrorism ally?
The Committee on Foreign Investment is the wrong place for this decision to be made; it appears to be little more than a rubber stamp.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, among others, is asking tough questions about this deal. For once, we agree with him: President Bush should overrule the committee to reject this deal. If that doesn't happen, Congress should take action. The country's ports should not be owned by foreign governments; much less governments whose territories are favored by al Qaeda.
 

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I think the Bush Admn refuses to discuss this take over w/ anyone...they are all for it.

Just another outsourcing of this country.....this is WRONG.
 
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Really outrageous. While we spend billions of homeland security and have no-fly lists.

Yep OUTRAGEOUS-- Its plumb OK for the government to mandate that all animals be IDed and all feed IDed, and limit and/or track their movement in the name of Homeland Security and Bioterrorism Prevention- all at a financial burden and constitutional freedom loss to the producer- BUT - don't do anything to limit a country that has been financing and the homeland to many of these same terrorists from buying into critical security areas of the nation...Or do nothing to shut down the floodgates of illegal aliens that could be bringing in these biohazards as they freely walk across our borders... OUTRAGEOUS :mad:
 

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Just another sellout by the BUSCHZSCHZSCHZ WHACKER and his administration to the highest $$$$ offered. No doubt that this group of vandals will go down as the most corrupt in recent times.
 

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Just another sellout by the BUSCHZSCHZSCHZ WHACKER and his administration to the highest $$$$ offered.

it is a management contract, not the port itself, and it was sold prior to Bush becomeing President to a foreign company with a history of bad management...that company is now being sold to the third largest port management company in the world....

....so maybe you could explain what Bush sold....and how he is going to profit....


even though I am against the operation of any American port by a foreign company it has existed for some time and crying foul now is only a political ploy.

maybe you could also explain why there is no effort by an american company to buy these same contracts?
 
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I suppose next week we'll be reading that the US government has contracted border security between Brownsville and El Paso to the Mexican government :wink: Since they already have troops there watching their side (and smuggling drugs and people) it would be cost effective to stop the duplication :???: ....

Make as much sense as giving our ports to a Muslim country when we're at War with radical Muslims- Mexico is supposed to be an ally....
 

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Many countries are supposed to be allies, yet when push comes to shove they will look out for thier own interests first...
which is why I am against all foreign ownership of American port operations and management contracts....

but I did hear we were opening a guest worker border agent policy, and had help wanted signs posted at almost every hole in the non-existant border fence . :wink:

I disagree with GW on the border issue...it is time to stop the onslaught...and bring all port operations and port management contracts back under American control......

port authourities are successful , and profitable in most cases...bring in legislation to allow thier creation and let them bid on the American port management contracts....
 

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mlsfarms said:
Just another sellout by the BUSCHZSCHZSCHZ WHACKER and his administration to the highest $$$$ offered. No doubt that this group of vandals will go down as the most corrupt in recent times.

"BUSCHZSCHZSCHZ WHACKER" say, that's a clever original line. You should patent or copyright it so no one else can say it. Probably no one else could get it to properly roll off of their tongue the way you can anyway.
 

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Soapweed said:
mlsfarms said:
Just another sellout by the BUSCHZSCHZSCHZ WHACKER and his administration to the highest $$$$ offered. No doubt that this group of vandals will go down as the most corrupt in recent times.

"BUSCHZSCHZSCHZ WHACKER" say, that's a clever original line. You should patent or copyright it so no one else can say it. Probably no one else could get it to properly roll off of their tongue the way you can anyway.
probably the same way to pronounce mlsfarmsSCHZSCHZSCHZ
 
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I do have to say one thing-- This port issue along with some of the other issues lately are not gaining the President any Brownie points or helping the Republican party..

I'm an Independent that voted for Bush twice- live in an area that is strongly a red county- but it appears the winds are rapidly changing.....

Even today at the cattle auction- a couple cattle buyers, several ranchers and I were standing around at noon discussing vitamins and supplements that each of us took... I mentioned I started taking the Omega 3's since I figured if it was good enough for the President- it was good enough for me... First comment I heard came from a buyer ( solid Republican) was "He should choke on them"-- from there it was downhill from everyone with negative comments on the ports, Iraq (that buyers son is serving his second tour of duty), Sunni-Shite battle, illegal immigrants, USDA ineptness, etc. etc.

Definitely looks like in the last few months the Republican Party is losing ground fast.....
 

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