Skip to comments.Senate doesn't bother to question P&O security chief about port security matters
Posted on 03/02/2006 6:07:17 PM PST by STARWISE
Concerns over port security may be sky high, but the chief of security for the East Coast's main port operator, Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., hardly knew it when he sat before a Senate Commerce panel on Tuesday.
More than a dozen senators grilled U.S. government officials, and the chief operator officer of Dubai Ports World, which is on the verge of acquiring P&O and all its world-wide port operations. But no senator had a single question for Robert Scavone, the man who oversees P&O's security for North America -- and will do the same for DP World.
Scavone said later that the whole issue of a potential security threat in the DP World acquisition has left him baffled. "Nobody touches a box or moves a box unless he's a longshoreman," he said. Nor will anything change on the U.S. side of the operation. If DP World seeks to change a senior management position in the U.S., the government will get to weigh in on the choice.
"I've been wracking my brain to try to figure what bad thing might happen if someone seven levels up the chain buys the company, and I just can't think of anything," he said.
His remarks came as Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt defended the administration's review of the deal before a House panel on Wednesday. Critics have blasted the administration for undertaking a formal 30-day review, instead of a 45-day one, even though the administration first made contact with DP World in mid-October. "Staff spent nearly 90 days reviewing this transaction," Kimmitt said.
DP World has since requested the government to open a new, 45-day review.
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Very interesting, indeed - thanks for the heads up - I guess this guy will keep a sharp watch out for all those A-Rabs sneaking in at least ; )
They don't want to hear the answers he will give them...
The fact is none of them know enough to ask an intelligent question. All they can do is cry and whine.
so they spent 90 days doing a 30 day review? ...and Congress is complaining that they didn't spend 45 days on it?
Thanks for this most interesting post. Dolts is putting it to kindly.
Security? Security? We don't need no Steenkin' security!
Not one question. And they tell us this is about Security????
The DIMS and their buddies known as the MSM condemn EVERYTHING this administration does whether it is TOO MUCH SECURITY [Electronic Surveillance], TOO LITTLE SECURITY [DPW], too much "GO IT ALONE" or too much "DIPLOMACY".
Never in the history of this nation has so much Bull Sh.t been passed off as the truth [by the MSM and the Dim Party] as it has the past few years.
The truly SAD and DISGRACEFUL fact is our NATION is at WAR, our men and women are sacrificing life and limb to ensure our freedom here at home and give others, who never had it, a chance to embrace it, and the enemy within is doing everything possible to make sure that the C-in-C and his troops LOSE!!!
That's the absolute truth. You need to send this to Rush.
They don't want to hear;
-anything to disrupt their tunnel vision focus against GWB
I've not heard one allegation yet. Who do I have to ask to get one?
Not one question by the 100 most worthless Senators.
Actually, I've not yet heard one credible allegation by anyone, anywhere.
Without evidence, what is all the hubbub about?
If folks are arguing this will make our ports unsafe, surely they must have evidence that this company has in the past made other ports unsafe, yes???
Sad sad sad ... and it truly is what it's come to. Anything fo party and power, to h*ll with the country's survival and the lives of our brave military.
I'd be curious -- do you have any specific allegation that this company has ever in the past endangered a port anywhere by 'stevedoring'???
(What a word that is, eh? I never heard that before this debate.)
You know exactly what it says.
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