UAE Co. Poised to Oversee Six U.S. Ports <br><br>"A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism. <br><br>The Bush administration considers the UAE an important ally in the fight against terrorism since the suicide hijackings and is not objecting to Dubai Ports World's purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. <br><br>The $6.8 billion sale is expected to be approved Monday. The British company is the fourth largest ports company in the world and its sale would affect commercial U.S. port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. "...<br><br><br><br>also, link<br><br><br>"The United Arab Emirates has been described as a leading military ally of the United States. In 2005, the UAE acquired the first 10 of 80 F-16E/F Block 60 multi-role fighters in a $6.4 billion purchase."<br><br>"But officials said the UAE has not fully responded to repeated appeals from the Treasury Department to halt money-laundering activities exploited by Al Qaida and aligned groups. They said that for years Dubai served as a base for Al Qaida operatives, including those who destroyed the World Trade Center and a Pentagon wing in 2001."<br><br><br>
Bush and Co. are mis-managing Billions of our dollars... from FEMA to Iraq... now this.. they have opened the Treasury valts to ever y Bush leaning contractoir in the USA... and now the World !! <br><br>we taxpayers are getting fscked like no welfare Mom ever dreamed of doing... they may have stolen thousands, but we're talking Billions $$$ here !!<br><br>David (OFI)<br>
Do you think it's possible this is like mass hypnosis? I mean, like it's not really happening, and the whole country is just having the same nightmare at the same time, and soon we're all gonna wake up and it'll be like it never happened? Ya think? Huh? Please? <br><br>
I'm willing to listen to the Bush supporters here why they think this port contract promoted by Bush could possibly be a good idea, besides for the one reason, you know, the $6.8 Billion. <br><br><br><br>
The White House still defending this travesty. link<br><br>Worth repeating: ""But officials said the UAE has not fully responded to repeated appeals from the Treasury Department to halt money-laundering activities exploited by Al Qaida and aligned groups. They said that for years Dubai served as a base for Al Qaida operatives, including those who destroyed the World Trade Center and a Pentagon wing in 2001."<br><br><br>...I know sooner or later I'm going to hear "I'm with the President on this one"... or "nice try" and blame it on liberal media hysteria. [bleh!] This is so wrong for national security and goes against everything Bush has said about nations who aid and give safe haven to terrorists. And our ports are where we are the most vulnerable! Do we have to wait for the lame excuse "no one every imagined that Al Qaida would bring WMD into our ports?". <br><br>So what's it going to take... one more attempt by Bush loyalists to avoid debate and sneak it into a defense spending bill so they can blame democrats for approving it too?<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>So what's it going to take... one more attempt by Bush loyalists to avoid debate and sneak it into a defense spending bill so they can blame democrats for approving it too?<p><hr></blockquote><p>That's exactly what I'd expect... and think you do as well.<br><br>
Nope, pragmatic criticisms and real outrage about Bush is met with restrained silence. We all ignore news and discussion that we feel is uncomfortable. Political partisans are no different from anyone else.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Uncomfortable like in selling off National Park land, lowering pay to the military, giving billion dollar sweetheart deals to the oil companies... and now offering port operations contracts to Al Qaida sponsoring foreign countries.<br><br>Yes, quite a week America is having. <br><br><br><br>
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