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Security fears about infiltration by terrorists
Washington Times ^ | 02/22/06 | By Bill Gertz

Posted on 02/22/2006 8:30:35 AM PST by notes2005

Several Bush-administration security officials expressed concerns yesterday that terrorists could infiltrate seaports through a United Arab Emirates company that is vying to manage six U.S. ports. Intelligence and security officials opposed to the deal with Dubai Ports World said ports are vulnerable to the entry of terrorists or illicit weapons because of the large number of containers that enter U.S. territory, regardless of who manages them. A Persian Gulf state such as the United Arab Emirates could provide an infrastructure for terrorists to penetrate U.S. security as part of a major terrorist operation, the officials said. One long-term worry is that al Qaeda terrorists will attempt to smuggle a nuclear device into the United States through a port via a shipping container. Allowing a Middle Eastern company to manage key ports "would be like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse," said one security official, who, like most other critics, spoke on the condition of anonymity. Another official said the problem is not the company but its location in a region rife with Islamic terrorism. "You have to be concerned about a firm from that part of the world managing the ports," this official said. "They are more vulnerable to compromise and penetration by terrorists, even if they are just managing the port." Company officials would be briefed on security procedures and countermeasures that, if compromised, could allow foreign terrorists to get through various screening procedures, the official said. The Coast Guard is responsible for port security, tracking ships, crews and cargo and search vessels based on intelligence. There is no cohesive hiring or screening process for port workers, however.

(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; bordersecurity; loosenukes; nationalsecurity; wmd

1 posted on 02/22/2006 8:30:36 AM PST by notes2005
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To: notes2005
Our government is doing one Hell of a job.
2 posted on 02/22/2006 8:32:31 AM PST by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: notes2005
Mr. Rumsfeld said both he and Gen. Pace were unaware of the port-deal security issue until the weekend.

They both must have just returned from a Mars flight. - Tom

3 posted on 02/22/2006 8:37:04 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: notes2005

I'm not any more concerned about infilltration than I already was. (quite a bit given our border situation) I'm more concerned that we can't seem to resist sending money to terrorists.


4 posted on 02/22/2006 8:38:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: notes2005

Tell one of our most important allies to hit the road? I think not!


5 posted on 02/22/2006 8:41:31 AM PST by ItsTheMediaStupid
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To: notes2005; oyez
Let's see - A British Company is selling an American subsidiary to a UAE company. This bad because now terrorists will try to smuggle a nuclear device in a container as opposed when the Brits owned the company.

"Port operator's 'just make sure every ship and every truck is unloaded,' said Mike Bowden, president of International Longshoreman's Association Local 1459 in Mobile Ala."

Looks to me like a case of bigotry to me.
6 posted on 02/22/2006 8:46:30 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Crush Code Pink, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the womyn)
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To: notes2005

Since only 5% of the containers are checked it would have been real easy for a terrorist to load one with a bomb ... hasn't happened yet ... this Dubai place is anti-terrorist themselves and they're the one's who will run the ports ... BTW, the Chinese manage the Panama Canal ..... the one that Jimmah gave away ....


7 posted on 02/22/2006 8:47:59 AM PST by SkyDancer (" Ok, if it's global warming then what caused the Ice Age and what ended it?")
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To: SkyDancer

"the one that Jimmah gave away ...."

Jimmah supports this one too.


8 posted on 02/22/2006 8:52:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: notes2005
could infiltrate seaports through a United Arab Emirates company that is vying to manage six U.S. ports.

Too general a statement as to be meaningless. How would they infiltrate if that company just owns a British Company and all the workers at the port itself are American. I'd like too see a specific example of how this could occur.

9 posted on 02/22/2006 8:59:49 AM PST by plain talk
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To: cripplecreek

Right. Seems an easier way is for a terrorist to come across the border and hire on as a dock worker and somehow hamper security operations of specific cargoes by Coast Guard / Customs.


10 posted on 02/22/2006 9:02:40 AM PST by plain talk
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To: oyez
Don't worry, Bush is on the case. He wouldn't approve the deal, if he wasn't convinced the security will be air tight.

Just like he has done on the border since 9-11.


11 posted on 02/22/2006 9:32:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: notes2005

Administration security officials, Washington Times, Bill Gertz. Just a bunch of Democrat stooges. Rumsfeld clueless. No problem. "W" is in charge. Nothing to worry about. Limbaugh and Carter are on board. As a practitioner of the "religion of peace" once said to some apprehensive Americans; "just stay quiet and you will be O K."


12 posted on 02/22/2006 9:33:59 AM PST by isrul
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To: notes2005

Rush just made an interesting point. The UAE airliners fly in and out of our airports everyday! Couldn't they just as easily be infiltrated and fly into buildings instead? The point being that we are never going to be 100% safe. We either trust our security measures which are in place or we do not. Apparently, the Coast Guard is stationed in the UAE and inspects the tankers before they leave their point of origin. The WH's PR on this has been woefully inadequate and it appears the majority of Americans have no idea how the ports are run. Perhaps, if they did, this firestorm would have never erupted. Our first chouce would be that no foreign entities operate our ports, but apparently they are all run by foreign entities! Now what?


13 posted on 02/22/2006 9:49:49 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: Stellar Dendrite

FYI


14 posted on 02/22/2006 10:00:46 AM PST by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: notes2005

More anti-bush propaganda by the ultra liberal Washington Times and that's pinkco commie Gertz


15 posted on 02/22/2006 10:05:01 AM PST by jpsb
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To: notes2005

More anti-bush propaganda by the ultra liberal Washington Times and that pinkco commie Gertz


16 posted on 02/22/2006 10:05:13 AM PST by jpsb
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To: cripplecreek

have you seen this

To: STARWISE; Mo1; onyx

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.


http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cache:BgAAE3vM-q8J:www.discoverthenetwork.org/Articles/Z-CAIR.htm+cair+dubai&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=3&client=firefox-a

1,052 posted on 02/21/2006 4:47:58 PM CST by hipaatwo


17 posted on 02/22/2006 10:22:47 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: jpsb; raybbr; DTogo; AZ_Cowboy; Itzlzha; Stellar Dendrite; NRA2BFree; Happy2BMe; Spiff; Pelham; ...

ping


18 posted on 02/22/2006 10:23:40 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: notes2005
Yep. For the life of me, I can't see how they missed this angle. I can't. And they're trying to defend something most Americans think doesn't pass their "smell test." Yep, getting the UAE involved was a self-inflicted gunshot blast to the Administration's solar plexus and it stubbornly insists on compounding the political damage. Amazing!

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

19 posted on 02/22/2006 10:26:43 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: notes2005
It appears as usual, me a prime example I post prior to investigating an issue.
Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.'s stock holders had in 2/06 simply accepted a deal for P&O to be bought by Dubai Ports Worlds (DPW).
Now, P&O presently manage the US ports involved in this issue. I would asked everyone. If P&O is no longer in the position to offer the services, then who is going to do it? We must seperate out the functions rendered. P&O where did not provide the security portion of the operation. They are responsible for the managment, e.g. loading/unloading of containers and their source/destinations.
All we would see if a change in hands at the mother company level as who payes American workers, negotiates those workers salaries and benifit programs via. the local unions.
I think some of us are being confused by the L/MSM at what is factual and what is not.
If P&O are bought by DOW then the top managment changes. Not who runs our port operations. Surely all the operations are handled by American based local businesses under the guidance of federal and state laws as how our ports must be managed.
I sense strongly another dishonest attempt by the L/MSM and others to cloud the issues. As for Rummy being on board. Come on! He is responsible for the military not port security issues. His name never should surface in this issue. It tells me either people are clueless, or they are deviouse.
20 posted on 02/22/2006 11:35:45 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: notes2005

This article deserves a bit more discussion than it is getting here.

I think the hysterical reaction to this is overblown ... but conservative Bush administration insiders expressing security concerns ... that gets my attention.


21 posted on 02/22/2006 12:14:57 PM PST by Oliver Optic
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To: Stellar Dendrite
"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."

Ah yes. CAIR, the other shadow government.

22 posted on 02/22/2006 2:56:22 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

C'mon folks, you cannot disagree with the Bush admin, their pom pom crowd on the net will attack you as some drooling troll or run of the mill Bush hater.


I don't hate the man, most people I know that disagree with him or find a fault or two don't hate him. We just want to be allowed to disagree without being called traitor. Hell I voted for him twice, given the same choices in '00 or '04 I'd still vote for him. This does not make him infallible.


23 posted on 02/22/2006 6:11:34 PM PST by trubluolyguy (I don't hate Arabs. But I wouldn't trust a muzzie as far as I could throw Ted Kennedy.)
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To: notes2005

There are no terrorists. You complainers are all... all.... xenophobes and racists and stuff.


24 posted on 02/22/2006 6:41:57 PM PST by Pelham ("Borders? We don' need no stinking borders!")
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Looks to me like a case of bigotry to me.

Hey, you're stealing Karl Rove's material. Or maybe it's Grover Norquist's. Of course, they're both lifting from old Jesse Jackson and Morris Dees fundraisers, so I suppose it's free to use.

25 posted on 02/22/2006 6:45:49 PM PST by Pelham ("Borders? We don' need no stinking borders!")
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To: Pelham

The "conservatives" regarding the matter of taxation only are for all intents and purposes nothing more than Lexus Libs. Norquist might have been a good College Republican and did some good rhetoric on tax reform. But beyond that, in this post-9/11 world, he is so 9/10. I lump him right in there with Murtha and Cindy Sheehan.


26 posted on 02/22/2006 7:49:54 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

"Now what?"

The U.S. need to get real busy real quick teaching Americans to run American ports and putting the resources behind making that happen. Our borders and our ports must be under American management. Enough with the outsourcing of America!


27 posted on 02/22/2006 10:34:22 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: redgirlinabluestate

"Now what?"

The U.S. need to get real busy real quick teaching Americans to run American ports and putting the resources behind making that happen. Our borders and our ports must be under American management. Enough with the outsourcing of America!


28 posted on 02/22/2006 10:36:58 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now (Mr Bush, why are you violating the mandates of your Bush Doctrine?)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Well, it's too late for that. Found these facts on another thread:
Foreign companies already own or operate most of the maritime infrastructure that sustains American trade.
At the port of Los Angeles, 80 per cent of the terminals are operated by foreign companies. Chinese companies operate more than half the terminals (thanks to the Clinton years).

Go to any port in the country and you'll be lucky to see a single giant vessel with U.S.A. on its stern. Foreign-owned airplanes fly into American airports every hour too and what stops the UAE planes from crashing into our buildings? We will never be 100% safe.

Apparently, the UAE Dubai Ports World already handles port management for U.S. Navy ships from the 5th fleet for their regular port calls in the United Arab Emirates -- a pretty high measure of trustworthiness.

Given all this, and the overwhelming foreign nature of the port management, I think the answer is to demand the most rigorous and thorough screening of high risk containers in our ports. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise and they will be forced to finally address the security procedures involving the ports.


29 posted on 02/23/2006 8:24:01 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: cripplecreek

Well that alone should kill the deal ....


30 posted on 02/23/2006 12:06:41 PM PST by SkyDancer (" Ok, if it's global warming then what caused the Ice Age and what ended it?")
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To: Stellar Dendrite
""You have to be concerned about a firm from that part of the world managing the ports," this official said. "They are more vulnerable to compromise and penetration by terrorists, even if they are just managing the port."

Right on point. Any risk, even a small one, is unacceptable.

31 posted on 02/23/2006 2:45:17 PM PST by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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