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Senate doesn't bother to question P&O security chief about port security matters
WSJ Online ^ | 3-2-06 | Neil King Jr.

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; bds; bush; dolts; dpw; dubaiportsworld; iran; israel; kimmitt; pando; peninsularoriental; po; ports; robertscavone; scavone; security; senate; senatedolts; uae
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The very man who could've provided them with solid security procedural information doesn't even pique the interest of our congressional dolts? What does this say about their transparent goal?
1 posted on 03/02/2006 6:07:21 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: Howlin

Ping


2 posted on 03/02/2006 6:07:44 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: STARWISE

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 ; )


3 posted on 03/02/2006 6:12:14 PM PST by clawrence3
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They don't want to hear the answers he will give them...


4 posted on 03/02/2006 6:13:49 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: STARWISE

The fact is none of them know enough to ask an intelligent question. All they can do is cry and whine.


5 posted on 03/02/2006 6:14:32 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: STARWISE

so they spent 90 days doing a 30 day review? ...and Congress is complaining that they didn't spend 45 days on it?


6 posted on 03/02/2006 6:20:22 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks Star.


7 posted on 03/02/2006 6:22:02 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("Good men don't wait for the polls. They stand on principle and fight."-Soul Seeker)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for this most interesting post. Dolts is putting it to kindly.


8 posted on 03/02/2006 6:25:04 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: STARWISE

Security? Security? We don't need no Steenkin' security!


9 posted on 03/02/2006 6:26:22 PM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
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To: Peach; CWOJackson; new yorker 77; MNJohnnie; LibertyLee

Not one question. And they tell us this is about Security????


10 posted on 03/02/2006 6:27:03 PM PST by MNJohnnie ("Good men don't wait for the polls. They stand on principle and fight."-Soul Seeker)
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To: STARWISE
It is the GOP that has overreacted here giving the opposition Party fuel for the firestorm.

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!!!

11 posted on 03/02/2006 6:28:58 PM PST by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: PISANO

That's the absolute truth. You need to send this to Rush.


12 posted on 03/02/2006 6:41:14 PM PST by BARLF
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They don't want to hear the answers he will give them...

They don't want to hear;
-truth
-reality
-facts
-expert witness
-anything to disrupt their tunnel vision focus against GWB

13 posted on 03/02/2006 6:41:34 PM PST by NewLand (Posting against liberalism since the 20th century!)
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If the concern is the company will endanger our ports, then they would have to start with some evidence that this company has endangered the security of some port somewhere, at some time.

I've not heard one allegation yet. Who do I have to ask to get one?

14 posted on 03/02/2006 6:43:57 PM PST by Dominic Harr
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To: Dominic Harr

Not one question by the 100 most worthless Senators.


15 posted on 03/02/2006 6:49:43 PM PST by jocko12
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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???

16 posted on 03/02/2006 6:51:29 PM PST by Dominic Harr
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To: PISANO

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.


17 posted on 03/02/2006 7:08:23 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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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.)

18 posted on 03/02/2006 7:23:25 PM PST by Dominic Harr
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To: STARWISE

You know exactly what it says.


19 posted on 03/02/2006 7:24:44 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: sgtbono2002
The fact is none of them know enough to ask an intelligent question.

LOL.

20 posted on 03/02/2006 7:25:18 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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