Skip to comments.Security fears about infiltration by terrorists
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.
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They both must have just returned from a Mars flight. - Tom
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.
Tell one of our most important allies to hit the road? I think not!
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 ....
"the one that Jimmah gave away ...."
Jimmah supports this one too.
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.
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.
Just like he has done on the border since 9-11.
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."
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?
More anti-bush propaganda by the ultra liberal Washington Times and that's pinkco commie Gertz
More anti-bush propaganda by the ultra liberal Washington Times and that pinkco commie Gertz
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.
1,052 posted on 02/21/2006 4:47:58 PM CST by hipaatwo
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