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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)


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To: satan

You ARE aware that the US Homeland Security is in all these ports inspecting containers BEFORE they're shipped aren't you? Or do you just believe all that clap trap the dems put out about containers not being checked?


51 posted on 02/21/2006 4:17:47 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: McGavin999

They LIVE for this. The one thread is like a rogue's gallery and the hate for POTUS is thick and ugly.

Facts be damned, reason does not apply -- it's tear Bush into shreds and talk impeachment. JMJ. Get me back in time to FR of yore, where we could at least have informed fights.


52 posted on 02/21/2006 4:20:22 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: McGavin999
Mara actually said (on Brit's show) that we weren't inspecting containers at all! Fred called her on it and said we weren't inspecting them here but at their ports of origin. She stammered around and then threw out some small percentage as the number inspected, which frankly I didn't believe since she had already lied about the subject.
53 posted on 02/21/2006 4:22:10 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Indy Pendance

You don't need a card to be one of us --- we're the sane ones who employ facts and reason, just like you do. You're home here! Trust me on that.


54 posted on 02/21/2006 4:22:51 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: ohioWfan
The problem is that this issue is very easy to demagogue.

This morning on F & F ED Hill said that we were selling the SECURITY of our ports. That's flat out false.

55 posted on 02/21/2006 4:22:59 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Can i say that here?
Is Bush an idiot, and this attempt to destroy America by selling our ports to the A-rabs proof?

or

Is Bush the Commander-in-Chief of a country at war that has not suffered a major attack since the war started?

How you answer that question is a gauge of how wrapped up around the axle you will get on this issue.

56 posted on 02/21/2006 4:23:39 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
Actually, I think this all has something to do with the unions. I'll bet if we do a little research that's what we'll find.

The other possibility is that the Chinese company that lost out on the bid to buy P&O may be stirring this up through their friends in the democrat party.

57 posted on 02/21/2006 4:24:06 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: McGavin999; satan
You ARE aware that the US Homeland Security is in all these ports inspecting containers BEFORE they're shipped aren't you? Or do you just believe all that clap trap the dems put out about containers not being checked?

I can sum up satan's theory to you: Bush has started drinking again.

58 posted on 02/21/2006 4:24:26 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: onyx; Howlin
I agree with both of you on the atmosphere concerning FR and this matter. There are many of us that are remaining rational about this situation. I wish that more Freepers would come forward to help calm these turbulent seas.

I too am disappointed that so many here want to lynch a man that has more than proved his love, and concern for his fellow Americans. Far too many have stated that they think our entire government is involved in a conspiracy, and that is to subjugate America to some twisted vision of Orwell's 1984.

I want to know ALL of the facts in this case, and I will form a final opinion as to what should be done when I have that data. At this point, the more I learn about this situation, the more I see the hand of the leftists in the media doing their evil.

LLS
59 posted on 02/21/2006 4:24:29 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: onyx
"where we could at least have informed fights."

Now those were fights worthy of fighting. At least both sides brought facts to the table. This topic if you have facts you're a bushbot, if you emote, you're a true conservative. Gag. They don't even try to bring facts to the discussion. So, what's our choice, believe Hillary or Jimmy. Frankly, in this case, Jimmy will be dead and less dangerous in a couple years. Hillary has the opportunity to do way more damage at this point in time.

60 posted on 02/21/2006 4:25:13 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: ohioWfan

This poster has a lot of interesting first hand info. He worked in the industry for over 10 years. Read his stuff, really informative.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=19076


61 posted on 02/21/2006 4:25:31 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: LibLieSlayer


Thank you for your thoughtful comments. You have made my day!


62 posted on 02/21/2006 4:25:38 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

It's the One Percenters onyx. They become rabid on a regular basis. They seem to hijack the forum any time there is even the smallest excuse to bash the president.


63 posted on 02/21/2006 4:25:50 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: onyx
I've been through enough of these Bush-bashing frenzies that I am immune. I can spot a hot topic for Bush bashing when I listen to the radio. Lately, I don't bother to engage. It's pointless, like arguing with a pig.

Well, I am certain the President knows what he is doing, unlike the glorified shipping clerks in the White House press corps, the cowardly Congress, the opportunistic pundits, and the useless posters wasting bandwidth here on FR. I support the guy I voted for, and I cannot imagine he would do anything that would risk the nation's security.

64 posted on 02/21/2006 4:26:37 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: All
I have heard that no US Company bid on this contract.

If this is true, How can we complain about the lack of US management control over these ports if no US company is willing to even bid on controlling authority?
65 posted on 02/21/2006 4:26:54 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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To: onyx

I've known you guys for years, and likewise. I just usually read, because what I was going to say has usually been posted. I get in my posting modes now and then so you all can 'fawn' over my prose... :)


66 posted on 02/21/2006 4:27:31 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: McGavin999; LibLieSlayer

Yes, the very same ones, but this time, even some others have surprised me. Disgusted me too.

I love liblieslayer's comments above. Have a look.


67 posted on 02/21/2006 4:27:41 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: Howlin
AH, that's their line. They seem totally unaware that most of our supplies for the military have been going through Dubai for years now.

They can't quite grasp the fact that the British company that has had the contract for years has been bought out, which means that the employees will simply move over into the new company and continue doing the job they've been doing for years.

68 posted on 02/21/2006 4:28:16 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: Dog Gone

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.




Worth repeating


69 posted on 02/21/2006 4:28:27 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Miss Marple

I love your mind, Miss Marple. It's beautiful. Thanks for your comments.


70 posted on 02/21/2006 4:29:01 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: A Citizen Reporter

Yes, and then she got huffy because the Dubai shipping company had been watching the show and refused to be interviewed until Fox reported the truth! I had to laugh...probably not a smart PR move by Dubai but it was quite amusing to see her all flabbergasted that someone would call them on their reporting. HA!


71 posted on 02/21/2006 4:29:11 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Dog Gone; Indy Pendance; A Citizen Reporter

Ahem:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1583067/posts


72 posted on 02/21/2006 4:30:14 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

LOL! Go for it! I'll be back right after my hot bath.


73 posted on 02/21/2006 4:30:31 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: McGavin999

I vote for the Chinese causing trouble. Apparently this company has very good relations with the longshoreman's union.


74 posted on 02/21/2006 4:30:38 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: new yorker 77
I guess no one cares about CSI, the Container Security Initiative.

I would imagine that Dubai Ports World was made to jump through hoops to get DHS approval for this deal. I think that if DPW actually gets the deal their terminals will be among the most secure with the latest state of the art security gear.

DPW will be thoroughly scrutinized.

75 posted on 02/21/2006 4:31:04 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Condimaniac)
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To: mystery-ak
Some reporter should find out if a US Company put in a bid to buy this portion of the British Company P&O.

There was open bidding and no US takers.

It was a fight between Singapore and Dubai.

If Singapore won, no one would care, but the premise of fear over foreign control would still be there.
76 posted on 02/21/2006 4:31:23 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
You'll get used to it. These people crawl out of the woodwork at any opportunity to smash President Bush. They think that if they turn off enough republican, they might get more than 1% in the next election. They're loud, they post a LOT and have a LOT of screen names.

Just keep on with the logic and sooner or later they get tired.

77 posted on 02/21/2006 4:31:26 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: new yorker 77

There is no US company to do it, hasn't been for years. P&O is the last british company.


78 posted on 02/21/2006 4:31:33 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: McGavin999; A.Hun
"Actually, I think this all has something to do with the unions.

Somebody already did. A.Hun.

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Check out this labor circular from 2002. I found it on labournet..

Seems to outline this fight over ports towards the end of the page.

http://www.labournet.net/docks2/0206/itf1.htm

137 posted on 02/21/2006 12:43:32 PM CST by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)

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Here is the part I found interesting:

"16. Unfortunately, in too many countries the interpretation of modernization of management, labour and industrial relations differs from our view. Privatisation and competition for example are being used to justify fierce attacks on trade unions and its leadership. As a result union busting has become a very negative trend in the port industry;

79 posted on 02/21/2006 4:31:38 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Miss Marple

Does the Chinese company hold the port contracts on the west coast?


80 posted on 02/21/2006 4:32:06 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
LOL! Yes, it's been a trying day here today.

I've done a little research and I find no red flags except that "UAE once supported the Taliban."

Yes, and we supported both Iran, Iraq and Russia at times as well as the pre-Taliban mujahadeen.

This is simply the Dems and MSM's latest gothcha. As I've said, if W, Rummy and Peter Pace are OK with this, so am I.

81 posted on 02/21/2006 4:32:12 PM PST by LisaFab
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To: new yorker 77

Great find.


82 posted on 02/21/2006 4:33:04 PM PST by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: new yorker 77

I feel safe /sarcasm.


83 posted on 02/21/2006 4:33:12 PM PST by faithincowboys
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To: Indy Pendance

Exactly.

People do not understand this field of business.

Many companys do not see a profit in controlling ports.

Who is looking to grow in this industry?

Growing economies.


84 posted on 02/21/2006 4:33:25 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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To: A Citizen Reporter; Howlin; Miss Marple; onyx

Very interesting. Thank you for that.


85 posted on 02/21/2006 4:33:26 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: Miss Marple

I trusted the POTUS and campaigned for him in 2000. I have prayed for him every day since 9/11. I backed him as my CinC. I labored tirelessly for him in 2004. I trust him and his team on national security issues a bit more than Schumer et al. I will give the POTUS the benefit of the doubt on this one.


86 posted on 02/21/2006 4:36:50 PM PST by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: McGavin999

I'll keep on keepin' on until they plant me. I love this Nation far too much not to be actively engaged in her fate. We all need to fight harder now than ever before. I really appreciate your comments.

LLS


87 posted on 02/21/2006 4:37:00 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: A Citizen Reporter; McGavin999


Thank you both!


88 posted on 02/21/2006 4:37:16 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
I've had 3 main questions/thoughts running through my head;

1. We have no control over this sale, only the issuing of the contracts. This sale will affect every port that P&O manages, not just ours. Is that correct? The reports make it sound like we just sold 6 ports to DPW.

2. What control does P&O have over the infrastructure and hardware of the port operations? If we pull their contract, can they just shut down the ports until someone fills the roll?

3. How long would it take to fill the void if we pulled the contracts? What effect would that have on our economy?

It would seem that interfering in this process would have some extreme ramifications and isn't something I would want to rush into.

89 posted on 02/21/2006 4:38:30 PM PST by Can i say that here?
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

I agree with you, and have done exactly the same thing. I want to know the facts surrounding this deal, but I have faith in President Bush and those he has so carefully chosen to lead with.

LLS


90 posted on 02/21/2006 4:40:12 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: new yorker 77

Thanks for the search. I need some time on this one.


91 posted on 02/21/2006 4:41:42 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: 1035rep

Shillary was just on Fox bitchin' about Bush. There has to be some reason to side with him. Stand down!


92 posted on 02/21/2006 4:43:00 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: new yorker 77

It's my understanding that there is no US company that does this.....


93 posted on 02/21/2006 4:44:43 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: gathersnomoss
Shillary was just on Fox bitchin' about Bush.

Of course she is...That's about all the serpent knows how to do is bitch and whine. Now that I think about, that describes all liberals

94 posted on 02/21/2006 4:53:03 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
How you answer that question is a gauge of how wrapped up around the axle you will get on this issue.

In fairness to the folks screaming on this issue, I wonder if the conservative base is just getting tired of having to sneak in the backdoor all of the time.

For instance, Harriet Miers. Did Bush really want Miers, or was it a run around to put Roberts in? If he really wanted Miers, you have to wonder about his judgement. If it was a ploy to get Roberts up there, when in the world are we going to be able to act like the majority party?

I'm not foolish enough to think that I get politics, but some times, all this strategery just wears people out.

95 posted on 02/21/2006 4:54:29 PM PST by Can i say that here?
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To: McGavin999

I don't know for sure. There was talk about the Chinese company getting the port of Long Beach a few years ago. I don't know if it went through or not.


96 posted on 02/21/2006 4:55:56 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Can i say that here?
when in the world are we going to be able to act like the majority party?

When the MSM starts covering the Republicans like they actually won.

When Republican politicians grow gonads.

When pigs fly.

97 posted on 02/21/2006 4:58:30 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: Can i say that here?
I prefer to think that Harriet Miers was a mistake, chiefly because of misjudging how much the conservative media twits would get in a snit.

Everyone makes a bad call now and then. I once bought a pair of hot pants; yet everyone today knows me as a woman of good taste.

98 posted on 02/21/2006 4:59:52 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: new yorker 77

It turns out that an anti-Israeli foundation run by the crown prince of Dubai owns the very deed to CAIR's headquarters located almost in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. The foundation has held telethons to support families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

The MSM keeps pressing the above statement but, it means nothing.See the property ownership rules for Dubai- here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Real_estate_and_property
It's like saying someone in the USA that was renting ground from the state is part of that state in mind set.

Iranian expatriates alone are estimated to have invested up to $US 200 Billion in Dubai.[10]
Nearly all of the commercial establishments are run by expatriates with a silent local partner who merely "rents" the business license for a negotiated annual fee without taking part in any capital investment. The numerous free trade zones allow for full expatriate ownership.

There is an increasing number of "freehold" villas and flats on artificial islands such as the Palm Islands. The "lease" on these freehold properties was first offered for 99 years but was later changed to permanent ownership. It is, however, illegal to seek employment on this visa. Ownership of lease does not guarantee any form of legal residency status in the UAE. The Federal Government is still formulating laws pertaining to ownership of property and considering issuing residency status to those who own such property.


Dubai interests have also purchased large amounts of real estate in foreign countries, in particular snapping up trophy properties in global centers like New York and London; a typical purchase in 2005 was New York's 230 Park Avenue (formerly known as the New York Central Building or the Helmsley Building) and Essex House on Central Park South.
A quarter of the population reportedly trace their origins to neighboring Iran.[5] The UAE government does not allow any form of naturalization or permanent residence to expatriates.

This needs to be looked at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Real_estate_and_property

Oil reserves in Dubai are less than one-twentieth that of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and oil income is now only a small proportion of the city's income. Dubai and its twin across the Dubai creek, Deira (independent at that time), became important ports of call for Western manufacturers.


99 posted on 02/21/2006 5:01:05 PM PST by BlueHeaven (http://www.swannforgovernor.com/calendar/)
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To: Miss Marple; All
Hi Miss Marple. This thread makes more sense than anything I have read all day long or heard on the radio or t.v.
I still have that lingering question however, why don't our congress critters get it?
Mine just came out against the port take over last night on local t.v and she's a pubbie? What happened, who dropped the ball!
100 posted on 02/21/2006 5:45:08 PM PST by rodguy911 (Support the New Media and F.R.)
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