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Flashback - December 13, 2004: Dubai, U.A.E., Joins U.S. Container Security Initiative (State Dept.)
US Department of State ^ | December 13. 2004

Posted on 02/21/2006 2:43:48 PM PST by new yorker 77

Becomes first Mideast port to participate in U.S. program

The United Arab Emirates has joined the U.S. Container Security Initiative (CSI) to help secure maritime cargo shipments against the threat of terrorism.

In a December 12 news release, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) said the agreement will enable all cargo destined for the United States through the port of Dubai to be prescreened.

CBP will station a small team of officers at Dubai ports to identify sea containers destined for the United States; Dubai customs officials will be responsible for screening containers identified as potential terrorist risks, the U.S. agency said.

Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation is the sixth-largest port operator in the world and the first in the Middle East to join the CSI, according to the news release.

To date, governments representing 21 countries around the world have signed up to the CSI program, launched by the United States following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Following is the text of the news release:

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department of Homeland Security

First Middle Eastern Port Formally Commits to Target, Pre-Screen and Secure Cargo Destined for the U.S.

12/12/2004

Dubai, UAE -- Today Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation joined the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Container Security Initiative [CSI] making it the first Middle Eastern port to participate. CBP Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, signed a declaration of principles to acknowledge the agreement that will enable all cargo destined for the U.S. through the port of Dubai to be targeted and pre-screened.

"The threat of terrorism is real and, it's a global threat. Dubai Customs recognizes the absolute importance of protecting cargo against the terrorist threat. I applaud their bold action of assuming a leadership role in the Middle East," said Commissioner Bonner.

CBP will deploy a small team of officers to the port of Dubai, the 6th largest port operator in the world whose mission will be to target sea containers destined for the United States. Dubai Customs officials, working with CBP officers, will be responsible for screening any containers identified as a potential terrorist threat.

The primary purpose of CSI is to help protect the global trading system and the trade routes between CSI ports and the United States. By collaborating with foreign customs administrations, CBP is working towards a safer, more secure world trading system.

Under CSI, CBP has entered into bi-lateral partnerships with other governments to identify high-risk cargo containers and to pre-screen them before they are loaded on vessels destined for the United States. Today, governments representing 21 countries have signed up to implement CSI.

"I congratulate the Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation on this historic event. They are now partnering with the United States and are a leader in protecting the global trading system," said Ambassador to the UAE [United Arab Emirates] Michele Sison.

CSI did not exist before 9/ll. It was proposed by Commissioner Bonner and launched in January 2002. CSI has been accepted globally as a bold and revolutionary initiative to secure maritime cargo shipments against the terrorist threat. This initiative will continue to expand to strategic locations around the world.

The World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Union (EU), and the G8 [Group of Eight major industrialized economies] support CSI expansion and have adopted resolutions implementing CSI security measures introduced at ports throughout the world.

The 32 operational ports in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America include: Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Le Havre, France; Bremerhaven and Hamburg, Germany; Antwerp and Zeebrugge, Belgium; Singapore; Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kobe, Japan; Hong Kong; Goteborg, Sweden; Felixstowe, Liverpool, Southampton, Thamesport, and Tilbury, United Kingdom; Genoa, La Spezia, Naples, and Gioia Tauro, Italy; Busan, Korea; Durban, South Africa; Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia; Piraeus, Greece; Algeciras, Spain; and Laem Chabang, Thailand.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the protection of our nation's borders. CBP unified Customs, Immigration, and Agriculture Inspectors and the Border Patrol into one border agency for the United States.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: flashbackuae; uae
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1 posted on 02/21/2006 2:43:49 PM PST by new yorker 77
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I guess no one cares about CSI, the Container Security Initiative .


2 posted on 02/21/2006 2:51:58 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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To: new yorker 77; Howlin

Excellent find, New Yorker 77.


3 posted on 02/21/2006 3:05:29 PM PST by Peach
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To: Diddle E. Squat; onyx


4 posted on 02/21/2006 3:08:00 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Howlin; Mo1; Peach; A Citizen Reporter; sinkspur; Pukin Dog; CharlesWayneCT; TheLion; ...

OMGoodness. What do we have here?


5 posted on 02/21/2006 3:12:15 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

Someone who actually did some research? LOL

Good find, New York.


6 posted on 02/21/2006 3:13:16 PM PST by Peach
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To: hipaatwo; new yorker 77; livius; STARWISE; mariabush; Oliver Optic; Dane; Dog Gone; Coop

More information ping.


7 posted on 02/21/2006 3:14:49 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Peach


YES!


8 posted on 02/21/2006 3:15:55 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: new yorker 77; Howlin

Kinda puts a little different light on the port deal.


9 posted on 02/21/2006 3:23:43 PM PST by TheLion
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To: new yorker 77

The more we learn, the less I'm concerned.


10 posted on 02/21/2006 3:25:31 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
"The more we learn, the less I'm concerned."

Ditto

11 posted on 02/21/2006 3:26:46 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: TheLion

It's kind of like in the movie "Arthur" though; some people just can't depend on "that light" to "see."


12 posted on 02/21/2006 3:28:15 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: 1035rep

Some enterprising reporter ought to ask the Australian government how things are going at Melbourne, where DP operates the port there.

The Aussies are our buddies in Iraq and they certainly have their own muslim concerns in Indonesia and domestically. So what's their experience been?

I don't think a reporter will do that story, though, because the ports story is basically a bash-Bush opportunity.


13 posted on 02/21/2006 3:32:06 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Rockitz; Cannoneer No. 4; Ramius; Owen; Miss Marple; ohioWfan

FYI.


14 posted on 02/21/2006 3:36:59 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Dog Gone

You can't reason with knee jerk reactions. I spent an entire day reading up on this. The FACTS are NOT being reported.


15 posted on 02/21/2006 3:42:44 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Lakeshark

Ping.


16 posted on 02/21/2006 3:45:44 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Howlin
Thanks! I've been gone all day and I see all heck has broken loose while I was absent.

By the way, Brit Hume is doing a good job asking questions about this, particularly questions about why no one was concerned about this from November until now.

17 posted on 02/21/2006 3:46:32 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Indy Pendance

It's amazing that all the people who KNOW the facts already aren't on THIS thread, isn't it?


18 posted on 02/21/2006 3:46:41 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Indy Pendance

I see this forum in total meltdown as people who have little or no facts are flying off the handle.

I thought we were more sophisticated than this, but obviously not.


19 posted on 02/21/2006 3:46:58 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: new yorker 77; Howlin
But, but, but.............you could be all emotional and yelling and screaming, new yorker!!

Why do you want to research the FACTS???

(btw, THANKS! Good job!!)

20 posted on 02/21/2006 3:49:33 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Howlin

They're too busy bashing bush. Notice the crowd? They come out out the woodwork on similar issues. Critical thinking is not their strong point.


21 posted on 02/21/2006 3:50:15 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Miss Marple
So it wasn't a good night to miss Special Report, Miss Marple?

Can you fill me in on a few details?

22 posted on 02/21/2006 3:51:24 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Dog Gone

It's really quite sad. I remember when I first found FR in 1998, facts mattered. Now, it's cute little quips. This place looks exactly like DU, without the swear words. It's quite disappointing.


23 posted on 02/21/2006 3:52:01 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Dog Gone

I agree completely. Maybe eventually someone will get around to asking them


24 posted on 02/21/2006 3:52:40 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Indy Pendance

Oh, I've noticed the crowd.

I'm amazed to find out that the impeachment papers are being drawn up right now and that we'll all be treated to Bush being removed from office, obviously with a lot of these people cheering.


25 posted on 02/21/2006 3:52:44 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Indy Pendance
Critical thinking is not their strong point.

But they've got the emoting part down pat. Kinda reminds me of visiting a Day Care center.......

26 posted on 02/21/2006 3:52:49 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Dog Gone

And as soon as this story dies, another bash bush story will hit the airs. At least they're consistant.


27 posted on 02/21/2006 3:53:32 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Howlin

Much appreciated and very interesting.


28 posted on 02/21/2006 3:55:30 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: ohioWfan; Indy Pendance; Miss Marple; Dog Gone; Coop

Quickly turning into a blood bath here on FR.

So sad, so disgusting. Not on the parts of too many of us who have been here for a good length of time, but disgusting nonetheless.

Talking "impeachment" and calling President Bush a traitor.

Facts be damned. Hysteria reigns.


29 posted on 02/21/2006 3:55:42 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Indy Pendance

"Dubai customs officials will be responsible for screening containers identified as potential terrorist risks, the U.S. agency said."

Makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over - Thank You trusted Dubai officials!


30 posted on 02/21/2006 3:56:45 PM PST by satan
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To: ohioWfan

Tony Snow and his crew have been doing some excellent heavy lifting on this issue in the past two days. I don't know if you have an opportunity to hear his radio show, but I'd highly recommend it.


31 posted on 02/21/2006 3:57:30 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: ohioWfan

I've read a LOT of info on this. I just wish I was more able to write better. It's not like it hasn't happened before. And funny, not one of them mentions the fact that there is not ONE US owned company that runs port management, not security! How do they fell about Pakastan or Yeman flying into New York City, yet, they have terminals there. I'll spit if I hear one more time, 'our ports are being sold'.


32 posted on 02/21/2006 3:59:33 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: onyx

The 'true' conservatives know better. LOL! And I'm not even a 'bushbot'. The worst thing he did, IMO, is the drug giveaway program. Where do I sign up for a membership card?


33 posted on 02/21/2006 4:01:38 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: new yorker 77

Thanks for doing some research and posting this.


34 posted on 02/21/2006 4:02:37 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: ohioWfan

All this time, I have been against this move.

I am just trying to determine the history of DPW in its' dealings with International and US ports.


35 posted on 02/21/2006 4:05:00 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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To: new yorker 77

Suddenly, Schumer is looking as ridiculous and reactionary as usual. Not to mention, he finally called it like he really sees it in terms of having a 'terrorist' nation run our ports. Thank you for providing that. I feel a little better about the situation. I should have known that if Schumer is behind anything, it is usually a bad idea.


36 posted on 02/21/2006 4:05:15 PM PST by jw777
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To: onyx
I've been watching the threads for the last couple of days, never commenting, just wondering where this would lead.

I'll be honest, it's been hard to tell if this is a non-story or not. I'm almost totally convinced that there is no problem here. I hope I'm correct.

37 posted on 02/21/2006 4:06:23 PM PST by Can i say that here?
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To: satan

It's my impression that has been SOP all along. Nothing new.


38 posted on 02/21/2006 4:06:51 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

I have never seen such a stampede of cowards and opportunists. I am disgusted. And after Al Gore as much as accused the US of anti-Arab actions, our politicians anad media go out of their way to prove him right! Pfui!


39 posted on 02/21/2006 4:07:55 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Unfortunately, I can't get Tony's show anywhere around here............and I haven't had much time to spend on this situation.

I knew there were significant facts that weren't getting out in the MSM, though.

Anything you can fill me in on would be much appreciated.

40 posted on 02/21/2006 4:10:33 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: onyx

Amazing, isn't it? Of course, don't expect facts to interfer with the rabid Bush haters around here.


41 posted on 02/21/2006 4:10:34 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: Howlin

Thanks


42 posted on 02/21/2006 4:10:54 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: Miss Marple

Ditto Ms M.
What kind of message does this send to our arab friends and
allies if we are not willing to put our trust in them.

A bunch of broohaha over nothing.


43 posted on 02/21/2006 4:11:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Indy Pendance

Agreed. I've been spending more time on blogs and other forums than here for that very reason.


44 posted on 02/21/2006 4:13:15 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: ohioWfan

Well, for one thing, he has interviewed people who actually work at the ports, and people who are in the industry, and of that group, he has yet to find one who is against this deal. Imagine that, people who know what they are talking about, do not see this as a problem.


45 posted on 02/21/2006 4:13:35 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: satan
"Dubai customs officials will be responsible for screening containers identified as potential terrorist risks, the U.S. agency said."

Who exactly do you think is going to do that in Dubai? Would you rather they say they WON'T be responsible for shipments from there?

We're talking about IN the country of Dubai.

46 posted on 02/21/2006 4:13:43 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Miss Marple

And a ton of 'freepers'. It just sickens me what this forum is turning into. It started during the shiavo mess. Never have I seen a bunch of vapid posters posting nothing but rhetoric this past year.


47 posted on 02/21/2006 4:14:53 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: A Citizen Reporter

That's really good to know. If the people on the inside track don't have a problem with it, it's a good sign.


48 posted on 02/21/2006 4:15:20 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

If you have links, freepmail them, thanks.


49 posted on 02/21/2006 4:16:00 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Can i say that here?

Keep "saying that here" -- yes\, it;s looking more and more like a democrat inspired feeding frenzy and some people here live for that!


50 posted on 02/21/2006 4:16:50 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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