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Schumer Misled Reporters on Port Security Experts
Chickenhawk Express ^ | 3/20/06 | Chickenhawk Warmonger

Posted on 03/20/2006 7:59:14 PM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger

Not only did Sen. Chuck Schumer stir up the political firestorm against DP World at the behest of Eller & Co, but Schumer’s staff sent reporters on a wild goose chase for experts to back up his claims.

According to “Dubai or Not Dubai: Chuck on Killed Deal”, by Ben Smith and published by the New York Observer, Joe Muldoon III, a lobbyist for Eller & Co, “put together a white paper arguing that the deal could compromise US security”. In LATE JANUARY, a copy of the white paper was given to Schumer aide, Josh Vlasto. When Ted Bridis from the Associated Press contacted his office on Feb. 10, Schumer conveyed a “cautious, critical note.”

Adam Davidson of National Public Radio was unable to find any port-security experts that agreed with Schumer’s assertion about the negative impact of DP World on port security. Schumer’s office provided Davidson with names of two experts who they said agreed with the security threat theory. Davidson contacted both experts and both stated that there was NO security threat. Risa Heller, Schumer’s press secretary, stated they thought the two experts agreed with Schumer’s security concerns.

Meanwhile, Schumer “pressed the Senate to vote on the issue immediately before the White House could tamp down the furor.” The next day, DP World agreed to turn the US ports over to a US entity.

How does Schumer feel about the results of the ports deal? He stated “This gives Democrats a window that opens on other security issues.”

So let's review - no experts could be produced by Schumer that agreed with the security threat posed by DP World. Schumer knew about the ports deal in late January. Plus he viewed the uproar as a political antidote to the Democrats' lack of national security history. Despite this, the Republicans in Congress claim 'victory'.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 109th; chuckiesfreepers; dnclemmingfreepers; dubai; duncanhunter; ellerco; lies; manipulation; masshysteria; muldoon; ports; schumer
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Slowly the truth is coming out. Too bad the mainstream media doesn't care about the truth.
1 posted on 03/20/2006 7:59:19 PM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger
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To: onyx

ping


2 posted on 03/20/2006 8:00:42 PM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger; Mo1


Thank you, Mo1.

Ping the list I sent you, CW.


3 posted on 03/20/2006 8:02:25 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

beat the drum and repeat the lie. That is all they do.


4 posted on 03/20/2006 8:04:08 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
unable to find any port-security experts that agreed with Schumer’s assertion about the negative impact of DP World on port security.

There is a good reason why people who knew something about security, or ports, or Dubai did not fall for the hysteria.

Muldoon wrote Schumer's talking points.

5 posted on 03/20/2006 8:04:08 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

6 posted on 03/20/2006 8:04:58 PM PST by jdm
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To: onyx
Adam Davidson of National Public Radio was unable to find any port-security experts that agreed with Schumer’s assertion about the negative impact of DP World on port security. Schumer’s office provided Davidson with names of two experts who they said agreed with the security threat theory. Davidson contacted both experts and both stated that there was NO security threat. Risa Heller, Schumer’s press secretary, stated they thought the two experts agreed with Schumer’s security concerns.

Almost reminds me of that CBS fake documents .. when they had a hard time getting experts to agree with them

7 posted on 03/20/2006 8:05:27 PM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
What? But Lou Dobbs, Savage, and Schumer said they were watching out for us.

Dang it, since Bush went all evil and incompetent, I thought these guys were going to save us.

Sigh.
8 posted on 03/20/2006 8:10:59 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports

Click on the above link, go down to the bottom, count 9 paragraphs up, and see what Joe Muldoon III has to say.

9 posted on 03/20/2006 8:11:19 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=119247&d=122&h=24&f=46

DP World: how US politicians got in the way of the lawyers

"Because DP World had done everything properly, they probably thought they were safe," Rawlinson said. "But from a PR standpoint, perhaps they didn't see that it would gather steam that quickly."

Linklaters' Parr ponders this predicament. He claims that nothing could have been done earlier to gain the support of the US public. This is because, under the Exxon-Florio statute, the process to gain clearance from the CFIUS is confidential and, had the company spoken publicly about the process, it would have broken the law.

This placed DP World in a difficult position as the US Congress was quick to stir up trouble for the deal once it realised the level of public support for its opposition. Mid-term elections are looming on the political calendar in November, after all.

The first hint of trouble in the deal was, in fact, when one irate P&O shareholder piped up during a shareholder meeting on 13 February when the deal was approved, questioning whether, because DP World is based in Dubai, it has links to Al-Qaeda.

However, it was P&O's own bed-partner, Miami-based container terminal operator Eller & Co, which really sparked the political debate by launching legal action in Florida and London in an attempt to block the deal and flagging up its 'concerns' with US Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer became one of the most vocal opponents of the takeover, at one stage questioning whether the US should be "outsourcing our own security". This is despite port security being managed by the US Coast Guard and US Customs, not the port operators.

Eller has a 50-50 joint venture agreement with P&O to operate the Miami Container Terminal, but has been in dispute with P&O over acquiring its shareholding in the joint venture.

As such, despite the UK Court of Appeal's rejection of Eller's petition to overturn the UK High Court's decision to approve the takeover, it still potentially has a lot to gain from DP World being forced to sell its US operations, including those in Miami.

But despite the now rather obvious commercial or political reasons behind the very public opposition to DP World's takeover of P&O, the outcome is still the same. DP World must sell its US operations, which are estimated to be worth $700m (£398.4m), and has called in the big guns for the sale, appointing New York heavyweight Sullivan & Cromwell as key adviser, assisted by Alston for US regulatory issues.

So it appears that the most crucial lesson to be learnt from the deal is that good PR might just be as invaluable as the right legal advice.

10 posted on 03/20/2006 8:27:27 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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11 posted on 03/20/2006 8:31:18 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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Eller & Co

1850 Eller Dr Ste 403

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-4201

12 posted on 03/20/2006 8:33:04 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: DCPatriot; Howlin; Coop; gov_bean_ counter; Solson; 1035rep; Frank_Discussion; Dane; TigersEye; ...

pinging the group!


13 posted on 03/20/2006 8:33:54 PM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger (Join the chickenhawk express at www.chickenhawkexpress.blogspot.com)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

And of course, the FReepers who were opposed won't exactly care anyway. I wonder what it feels like to be cynically used by a Democrat.


14 posted on 03/20/2006 8:35:35 PM PST by Terpfen (72-25: The Democrats mounted a failibuster!)
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To: Terpfen
And of course, the FReepers who were opposed won't exactly care anyway. I wonder what it feels like to be cynically used by a Democrat.

The people who opposed the DPW deal on FR didn't give a damn about who was behind making sure a bunch of malevolent darkies were kept out of American ports.

The hostility against Muslims has morphed into a contempt and suspicion for all Arabs. That, at bottom, is what this is all about among the ignorant.

That DPW was stabbed in the back by a competitor is beside the point.

15 posted on 03/20/2006 8:43:26 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger; Cannoneer No. 4; Mo1; onyx
This is absolutely great news CW. You deserve much praise for the time and effort you put into this. I know that C No4, Mo1 and onyx helped lots too, thanks to all of you.
16 posted on 03/20/2006 8:44:18 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

Great job, again!
If you and us here at FR and others in the real news media don't pay attention and keep this kind of stuff bumped to the top, nobody will.

So, BUMP!


17 posted on 03/20/2006 8:45:08 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
"So you're the little lady who started this big war."

...Washington lobbyist Joe Muldoon said he decided to lead the effort because one Eller executive "is an old friend of my family." Mr. Muldoon said he spent most of January researching the issue, and began making visits to Capitol Hill at the end of that month. "I just wanted to educate folks," he said, and to warn lawmakers that this was a deal that "might just slip through the cracks."

18 posted on 03/20/2006 8:46:13 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger


YES! Congratulations! A most successful ping!

Now, let me read your latest right after the replay concludes of POTUS's speech and Q@A today!


19 posted on 03/20/2006 8:46:44 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

Thank you so much for all of your links! It really is helping me dig through the pile of muck! It's interesting to see how the statements from those involved get more and more hysterical as time passes. Just like the link you sent about Muldoon contradicting himself about the port security. It's amazing how some of these companies can continue to operate despite embezzlement, bankruptcy, etc.


20 posted on 03/20/2006 8:50:07 PM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger (Join the chickenhawk express at www.chickenhawkexpress.blogspot.com)
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To: Terpfen
I wonder what it feels like to be cynically used by a Democrat.

Those who knee-jerked their way into being used for chumps by the likes of a scumbag like Schumer will never admit they were used for chumps. They can't. It's just human vanity. And they will continue to ignore these CW threads in droves and tell themselves.... whatever it is they tell themselves.

Meanwhile, Rush's instincts were dead on right. Again.
Glad I'm on HIS side.

21 posted on 03/20/2006 8:52:21 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Terpfen
I'm not sure, but Abner Louima probably knows. That's why so many are in denial. The truth hurts.
22 posted on 03/20/2006 8:54:12 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

Glad to be of service, ma'am. Are you getting any threats, yet? That's when you'll know you're hitting close to home.


23 posted on 03/20/2006 9:01:09 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

I sent several hosts a copy of last nights piece, got no answers from any.


24 posted on 03/20/2006 9:04:49 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: nopardons; decal

ping


25 posted on 03/20/2006 9:25:47 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
Thanks for the ping CW

The plot thickens.

Is all of this information being forwarded to O'Reilly and Hume

26 posted on 03/20/2006 9:26:27 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

Thanks for the ping and PLEASE keep 'em coming! I'm not home and don't want to miss anything.


27 posted on 03/20/2006 9:28:01 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

Damn him, damn him, damn him, and the damn news media too --- smugly content to ignore the facts and to ignore Schumer's role.

GOOD work. Again.


28 posted on 03/20/2006 9:28:14 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: jazusamo; Cannoneer No. 4; Chickenhawk Warmonger

I just compiled and pinged the list.

The others have done the work and the research which is MOST appreciated!


29 posted on 03/20/2006 9:30:31 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4; sinkspur

See my post here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1599357/posts?page=87#87


30 posted on 03/20/2006 9:30:51 PM PST by decal (My name is "decal" and I approve this tagline)
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To: jazusamo; Chickenhawk Warmonger

You just answered my question. Good Job!


31 posted on 03/20/2006 9:36:28 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

Thanks for the post.


32 posted on 03/20/2006 9:38:43 PM PST by TheLion
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To: onyx
Sickening, isn't it?

I just emailed it around to the news also. I think if they get several of these emails it might make a difference.

33 posted on 03/20/2006 9:46:43 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: 1035rep


Yes, it IS sickening. Nothing like withholding FACTUAL news.

I detest our dishonest news media.

Thank you for your efforts!


34 posted on 03/20/2006 9:49:06 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: decal
I would put it to you that there are some on this site who are against any coöperation with anyone in the Middle East, but not because of "racism": they agree with Ahmadinejad that the time of the Apocalypse is nigh, and they want it to happen just as soon as possible.

Ah, yes. The Armageddonites, who long for rapture (as long as it doesn't hurt) and a going-away gown that doesn't make them look fat.

If these folks weren't around, whole sections of bookstores would be overflow for Dr. Phil and Oprah.

35 posted on 03/20/2006 9:52:33 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: Terpfen
I wonder what it feels like to be cynically used by a Democrat

And without even a kiss.

Who knows....maybe they will wake up one day and realize they were in bed with coyote ugly but won't do them any good to chew that arm off.....the damage is done.

36 posted on 03/20/2006 9:52:43 PM PST by daybreakcoming (If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. A. Lincoln)
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To: sinkspur


LOL!
BTTT


37 posted on 03/20/2006 9:54:40 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: 1035rep

[I think if they get several of these emails it might make a difference.]

I think you're right. I'll mail this piece tomorrow.


38 posted on 03/20/2006 9:58:12 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger
Well, it just gets better and better, don't it? The ports deal is a dark moment for Freepers. We truly showed our smelly ass on this one. A real shame. All we had to do was THINK, and many of us just plain failed.
39 posted on 03/20/2006 10:00:24 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache, so don't be hatin'. LOL!)
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To: decal
I fear darker forces are afoot than mere unappeaseability (is that a word?) I would put it to you that there are some on this site who are against any coöperation with anyone in the Middle East, but not because of "racism": they agree with Ahmadinejad that the time of the Apocalypse is nigh, and they want it to happen just as soon as possible.

No doubt there are a few, but their natural constituency doesn't read that well and types with two fingers so FR is a tough forum for them.

Of greater concern to me are all the Bush-hating FReepers who claim to be patriotic conservatives or Republicans.

There is also a large contingent who have lost faith in the current leadership and are ready for the genocide to begin. The most vociferous advocates of reverse jihad would cheerfully turn our soldiers into real baby killers without pulling any triggers themselves. Then, years later, when the enormity of the error sinks in and the psychological devastation wrought upon our troops can no longer be denied, the reverse-jihadis will escape accountability.

40 posted on 03/20/2006 10:00:54 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Pukin Dog

41 posted on 03/20/2006 10:05:12 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4


LOL --- that says it all.


42 posted on 03/20/2006 10:06:48 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
HEY, I type with two fingers, TOO, y'know....

"Of greater concern to me are all the Bush-hating FReepers who claim to be patriotic conservatives or Republicans."

Most of them aren't Republicans or even conservative; they're Libertarians and Constitution Party members who think that purity is better than actually getting something done - lucky for the rest of us their wasted votes aren't worth much (although the LP almost cost Pres. Bush Florida in 2000).
43 posted on 03/20/2006 10:07:42 PM PST by decal (My name is "decal" and I approve this tagline)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
Surely, you don't believe all these basher's are conservatives. Anyone can sign up here and disrupt. Have you noticed that some of them have never said one good thing about the President?

Who besides a liberal believes he has never done a single thing right?

44 posted on 03/20/2006 10:09:44 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

Of greater concern to me are all the Bush-hating FReepers who "claim" to be patriotic conservatives or Republicans.





Keyword "claim" --- you get it.
You know they're posers.


45 posted on 03/20/2006 10:15:23 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: 1035rep

BUMP!
You caught on quickly! You have them nailed.


46 posted on 03/20/2006 10:16:23 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: 1035rep
No, I don't believe they actually are conservatives, but most of them claim to be.

Pick at them long enough and their masks drop.

I know DUmmies lurk on FR, from lurking over there.

47 posted on 03/20/2006 10:17:49 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

Paging Miss Hannity, paging miss Hannity, Please pick-up the White Courtesy Phone.. You've been Duped!

Talk about an emotional hissy fit!

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


48 posted on 03/20/2006 10:21:46 PM PST by bray (Proud Bushbot for 6 years going on 8)
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To: onyx

I started my research right away because I couldn't believe some of the stuff I was reading. Once I understood what was going on it became easier to ignore them.


49 posted on 03/20/2006 10:32:34 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Chickenhawk Warmonger

Schumer lied? I'm shocked.


50 posted on 03/20/2006 10:42:56 PM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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