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Democrats plan bill to block Dubai-US port deal (HRC is the sponsor)
Reuters ^ | 2/16/06

Posted on 02/17/2006 7:51:42 AM PST by presidio9

Two U.S. Democratic senators said on Friday they would introduce legislation aimed at blocking Dubai Ports World from buying a company that operates several U.S. shipping ports because of security concerns.

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Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Hillary Clinton of New York said they would offer a measure to ban companies owned or controlled by foreign governments from acquiring U.S. port operations.

"We wouldn't turn the border patrol or the customs service over to a foreign government, and we can't afford to turn our ports over to one either," Menendez said in a statement.

P&O, the company Dubai Ports World plans to buy for $6.8 billion, is already foreign-owned but the concern is that the purchaser is backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

The UAE company would gain control over the management of major U.S. ports in New York and New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami, sparking national security concerns.

"I will be working with Senator Menendez to introduce legislation that will prohibit the sale of ports to foreign governments," Clinton said in a statement.

Officials with the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a U.S. inter-agency panel that reviews security implications of foreign takeovers of strategic assets, has already reviewed the transaction and did not object.

Despite that review, some Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the Bush administration to conduct a more rigorous review. They expressed fears that the UAE was used as a conduit for parts used for nuclear proliferation and that the local banking system had been abused by financiers with possible links to terrorist organizations.

U.S. officials have said the UAE has been a solid and cooperative partner in the fight against terrorism, and have praised the UAE for steps to protect its booming financial sector against abuse by terrorism financiers.

Money for the September 11 attacks was wired through the UAE's banking system, according to U.S. officials. Two of the September 11 hijackers were UAE citizens.

U.S. seaports handle 2 billion tons of freight each year but only about 5 percent of containers entering the United States are examined on arrival.

Similar concerns were raised when a China state-controlled oil company tried to acquire the U.S. oil company Unocal. After pressure from American lawmakers, the foreign company eventually dropped out of the bidding.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 109th; bds; dubai; dubaiportsworld; hillaryclinton; homelandsecurity; iran; israel; maritime; nyc; portauthority; readthreadbeforepost; uae
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1 posted on 02/17/2006 7:51:43 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

I hate it when the Dems do something I agree with. Thankfully its not very often.


2 posted on 02/17/2006 7:53:01 AM PST by Tatze (I voted for John Kerry before I voted against him!)
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To: presidio9

I hope the Dems win this one!


3 posted on 02/17/2006 7:54:42 AM PST by zzen01
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To: presidio9

I'm sure Hilda would rather see Halliburton own the ports.


4 posted on 02/17/2006 7:55:22 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: presidio9

Even if their effort is all BS to embarass GWB, I will support this effort. That's the difference between Libs and Conservatives. We will agree with a good idea, even if we don't agree with the people behind it. That, dear Libs, is diversity.


5 posted on 02/17/2006 7:56:01 AM PST by jw777
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To: Tatze

I hate it when Hillary Clinton is the most politically astute person around. You will never hear a speech or debate during her presidential campaign where she fails to point out that she was the first to sponsor this. this immediately becomes her primary home security credential.


6 posted on 02/17/2006 7:57:01 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

Rep. Peter King was on FoxNews this morning. He didn't seem too happy with this deal, either.


7 posted on 02/17/2006 7:57:03 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: presidio9

If the Federal government passed a law prohibiting foreign-owned companies from operating terminals at U.S. ports tomorrow, this country would probably grind to a halt within 48 hours.


8 posted on 02/17/2006 7:57:30 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Leave a message with the rain . . . you can find me where the wind blows.)
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To: Tatze; zzen01
That is what the Dubai port story is about. Chucky Schumer and his insane Clown Posse are pushing this story for two reasons. It gives them an excuse to posture as being to the right of the White House on National Security while actually doing NOTHING meaningful about National Security. The Port Operations company owners have ZERO role in Port Security. It's a complete meaningless stupid gesture by do nothing Democrat Senators for Propaganda reasons. Then it sets up the Democrats to push for nationalizing the Port Operations just like they did the Baggage Screener and add thousands of new members to the Govt Union rolls. Just dumb for "Conservatives" to be pushing Chucky Schumers PR attack line for him.
9 posted on 02/17/2006 7:57:35 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: presidio9
Pity she hasn't been as picky when it comes to the Chinese.

That'll come back to haunt her.

10 posted on 02/17/2006 7:58:29 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Tatze

Look at them as the proverbial broken clock..


11 posted on 02/17/2006 7:58:33 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: presidio9

Even a broken clock is right twice a day


12 posted on 02/17/2006 7:58:41 AM PST by NRA1995 (If feminists are so smart, why do they need masturbation workshops?)
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To: Tatze

I agree.


13 posted on 02/17/2006 8:00:32 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: mewzilla

Didn't a Chinese company do something similar with the port of San Diego while Clinton was president? Wonder what Hillary's position on that deal is/was...

Pinz


14 posted on 02/17/2006 8:01:19 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez
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To: mewzilla
Pity she hasn't been as picky when it comes to the Chinese.

How much you wanna bet she is doing this so that when a Dem is in the White House the law can be changed and a sale to Chinese interests done?

15 posted on 02/17/2006 8:01:37 AM PST by dirtboy (I'm fat, I sleep most of the winter and I saw my shadow yesterday. Does that make me a groundhog?)
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To: MNJohnnie
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16 posted on 02/17/2006 8:01:50 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: MNJohnnie

That was going to be my second point in the earlier post. Note that Clinton & Menendez did not actually INTRODUCE this legislation. They are merely planning it, and the AP was only to happy to report this. Even if virtutally everybody who is aware of this story has considered the same prospect in the past two days. Hell, I am planning legislation that would bar foreign governments from running our ports. So are you. In other words HRC is going to claim that she is a homeland security hawk because the press falls all overherself every time she farts. But mark my words: She will never miss a chance to pat herself on the back about this one.


17 posted on 02/17/2006 8:02:41 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: MNJohnnie
The Port Operations company owners have ZERO role in Port Security.

From what I heard, that's not entirely true. They would have to co-ordinate with Homeland and would know all our security protocols. Why would we want to tell an arab nation what we do about security? We would be foolish.

18 posted on 02/17/2006 8:03:19 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: pinz-n-needlez
From 2003...

Hillary's Albatross

The connections between the Riadys and the Clintons have a much more sinister theme than simple foreign money inside U.S. elections. Testimony before the U.S. Senate revealed Moctar Riady's involvement in Chinese espionage. The Lippo Group is in fact a joint venture of China Resources, a trading and holding company "wholly owned" by the Chinese communist government and used as a front for Chinese espionage operations.

Mrs. Clinton not only knew the Riadys but took their money as well. To prove my point I need only to cite photographic evidence. Her picture with Moctar Riady is certainly damning evidence of a relationship that spanned several bank accounts and two decades. It is often said that a picture tells a thousand words. However, Hillary's pictures not only tell stories left out of her book but they also netted $10,000 each for the DNC in illegal donations.

Run, Hillie, run...

19 posted on 02/17/2006 8:04:05 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: pinz-n-needlez

I believe it was a firm actually controlled by the Chinese military named Costco and the port was the former Long Beach Naval shipyards.


20 posted on 02/17/2006 8:04:52 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: TXBSAFH

But don't blame the "let's privatize everything" crowd, correct?


21 posted on 02/17/2006 8:06:02 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

Sad that the republicans are so blind on this issue.


22 posted on 02/17/2006 8:06:23 AM PST by zek157
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To: presidio9

There is enough blame for them as well.


23 posted on 02/17/2006 8:07:02 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: the_Watchman

I think you mean COSTIND :)


24 posted on 02/17/2006 8:07:06 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: NRA1995
Even a broken clock is right twice a day

Uh the clock is still broken, so why would a person trust it when it's wrong the next minute.

25 posted on 02/17/2006 8:08:01 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: mewzilla

I saw that on a bumper sticker last week, a front bumper.


26 posted on 02/17/2006 8:08:05 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: presidio9

Oh great. HRC's contributions til now have been inconsequential...meaningless resolution type things that honor people who survived cancer or rescue puppies. Total lack of serious track record for a presidential run. She knows she needs something more substantive to point to. This is made to order for a marxist needing to wrap herself in a national security flag.



27 posted on 02/17/2006 8:09:39 AM PST by Eroteme
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To: presidio9
I hate it when Hillary Clinton is the most politically astute person around.

She isn't, IMHO. She's an opportunist with a staff that knows what they are doing.

I have to agree with her staff on this one. Even if the UAE deal was on the up and up, in this post 9/11 era, you can't outsource anything related to national security, especially to a country in the middle east.

28 posted on 02/17/2006 8:09:42 AM PST by b4its2late (Terrorists will either succeed in changing our way of life, or we will change theirs. - Rummy)
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To: TXBSAFH

Heh heh heh...


29 posted on 02/17/2006 8:09:48 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: zek157
Sad that the republicans are so blind on this issue.

Several Republican are critical this plan.

30 posted on 02/17/2006 8:10:14 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: TXBSAFH

Bush should come out against this deal today, not let it sit around collecting media/liberal dust for the next 3 weeks so it can become yet another big controversy. Is it that difficult for American companies to run our ports?


31 posted on 02/17/2006 8:10:51 AM PST by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: TXBSAFH
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32 posted on 02/17/2006 8:11:46 AM PST by b4its2late (Terrorists will either succeed in changing our way of life, or we will change theirs. - Rummy)
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To: presidio9
So if the company from the UAE doesn't get this, who are the other contenders? And have those companies been flashing any money around? Say to Hilliary, maybe?
33 posted on 02/17/2006 8:11:55 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: b4its2late
She isn't, IMHO. She's an opportunist with a staff that knows what they are doing.

What qualifies for political astuteness in your book? Being a nose-to-the-grindstone legislator?

34 posted on 02/17/2006 8:12:50 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9
Several Republican are critical this plan.

Yes, there are as they should be.

35 posted on 02/17/2006 8:13:02 AM PST by b4its2late (Terrorists will either succeed in changing our way of life, or we will change theirs. - Rummy)
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To: Dane

True, but this port sale is a VERY BAD idea


36 posted on 02/17/2006 8:13:23 AM PST by NRA1995 (If feminists are so smart, why do they need masturbation workshops?)
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To: mewzilla

Also, while I disagree with privatizing port security to ANY extent, let's keep in mind that Dubai is not Syria.


37 posted on 02/17/2006 8:13:59 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: b4its2late
I have to agree with her staff on this one. Even if the UAE deal was on the up and up, in this post 9/11 era, you can't outsource anything related to national security, especially to a country in the middle east

Then how come hiallry and chuckie schumer were not "outraged" when other foreign firms are operating port facilities such as this Danish one.

P & O Ports operates the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal and owns a 50 percent interest in the Port Newark Container Terminal, which is the third-largest cargo terminal on the Port Authority's property. The other half-interest is owned by a subsidiary of Maersk Line, which is based in Denmark.

Link

You maybe correct that her staff is astute, astute to PT Barnum(there is a sucker born every minute)

38 posted on 02/17/2006 8:14:11 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: presidio9

What has it come to when we have to root for Hillary and Chucky to get things done?


39 posted on 02/17/2006 8:14:18 AM PST by Sender (As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions. Be without form. -Sun Tzu)
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To: presidio9
FWIW, I think it's a rotten idea. But I'd also like to know who the other contenders for the job are. I've heard bupkis about that.
40 posted on 02/17/2006 8:15:34 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Sender

Bizarro world.


41 posted on 02/17/2006 8:15:34 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: presidio9

I hate to say it but this time, I'm with the dems.


42 posted on 02/17/2006 8:17:10 AM PST by Centurion2000 ("If you're going to shoot somebody, Shoot! Don't talk!")
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To: Sender
What has it come to when we have to root for Hillary and Chucky to get things done?

That you are one of the suckers, PT Barnum was talking about.

43 posted on 02/17/2006 8:18:18 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Tatze

"I hate it when the Dems do something I agree with. Thankfully its not very often"

I hear ya, WTF was this admin thinking of?


44 posted on 02/17/2006 8:19:13 AM PST by mr_hammer (They have eyes, but do not see . . .)
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To: jw777
Even if their effort is all BS to embarass GWB, I will support this effort. That's the difference between Libs and Conservatives. We will agree with a good idea, even if we don't agree with the people behind it. That, dear Libs, is diversity

PREACH ON!!
45 posted on 02/17/2006 8:19:35 AM PST by edgrimly78
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To: the_Watchman
Yup. For more info Google: Long Beach COSCO

Here's a link: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=14568

46 posted on 02/17/2006 8:19:53 AM PST by MilesVeritatis (War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things...." - John Stuart Mill)
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To: MNJohnnie

Who gives a rat's a$$ about who is posturing and for what reason on this issue......it's just plain wrong and dangerous! It needs to be stopped in any way possible.

Militant


47 posted on 02/17/2006 8:20:04 AM PST by militant2 (Chucky Schumer....a voice of reason???????)
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To: presidio9

"The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a U.S. inter-agency panel that reviews security implications of foreign takeovers of strategic assets, has already reviewed the transaction and did not object. "

This committee needs to be investigated now! They're trying to kill us as they stuff their offshore bank accounts.

There must be something we are missing since this is so insane.


48 posted on 02/17/2006 8:20:36 AM PST by takenoprisoner (Afterall, American ports run by muslims is a good thing right?)
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To: mr_hammer
I hear ya, WTF was this admin thinking of?

WTF are you thinking when you believe hillary lock, stock, and barrel.

49 posted on 02/17/2006 8:20:59 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Tatze
Took the words out of my mouth.

The Dims must be reading the old Republican play book.

I can guarantee you that the new Republican play book of the last couple of years is lacking in concern for many of the things I deem important like immigration.
50 posted on 02/17/2006 8:21:06 AM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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