Skip to comments.Chinese Got Long Beach Deal (1997 - Clinton Deal)
Posted on 03/06/2006 5:57:32 AM PST by Bon mots
By Staff Investigative Journalists
LONG BEACH DESK - The Long Beach Naval Station was tentatively placed on the Military Base Closure-List by president George Bush in 1991. President Bill Clinton, closed the naval base last in 1993. That resulted in the loss to Long Beach, California of 17,500 military and civilian jobs. The economic impact of the of loss was $52.5 million and drove the California economy into the tank. It has never recovered.
Between 1995-1996, during the heat of the Clinton-Gore Campaign fund raising activity, the Clinton administration actively intervened to make sure a Communist Chinese cargo container shipping interest got a too-good deal on a Long Beach, California, shipping terminal.
The Secretary of the Navy has formally turned the base over to the City of Long Beach. But, the Port of Long Beach has signed a letter of intent to lease the property to the China Ocean Shipping Co., a steamship line run by the Communist Chinese government.
The Navy base property is about to be leased to a Communist China-owned shipping company under an agreement that was only made possible by the intervention of the White House.
Forced by a court order, Port of Long Beach officials have now set March 12, 1997 for a new public hearing on plans to bulldoze the Naval Station and lease the property to the Comunist Chinese shipping company.
After a hearing before the court, a judge ruled last week that the deal had been rushed and proper procedures had not been in place.
Clinton was so eager to push the deal through that he met twice with Long Beach officials and once at a White House meeting in 1995 that included his then-chief of staff and the Pentagon's No. 2 official and others.
The deal finally approved by the Secretary of the Navy turns over control of the Long Beach Naval Station, with a value of at least $65 million, free of charge to the City of Long Beach. The city has agreed to lease it to the China Ocean Shipping Co. of the People's Republic of China.
The Chinese deal apparently went forward without a national security review by wither the CIA or National Security Council. The White House apparently avoided normal and routine government channels in pushing the deal through in 1995. '... there seemed to be no reason to check with the National Security Council on the decision ...' White House spokesman Lanny Davis said.
However, the China Ocean Shipping Co. of the People's Republic of China has been actively involved in several recent controversies in addition to a Russian AK-47 gun-smuggling episode on the streets of Oakland, California. In another shocking incident in December, one of the company's ships plowed into a crowded boardwalk in New Orleans, injuring 116 people.
Then, in 1992, the shipping company was fined $400,000 in a violation of U.S. shipping law in connection with is practices involving bribery of government officials in order to avoid paying U.S. tariffs on its imports at United States ports of entry.
There is still more. Six of the company's ships were detained by the Navy and Coast Guard for violating international safety regulations just in the last year. The Coast Guard said, that is has placed the China Ocean Shipping Co. of the People's Republic of China on a target list of shippers to monitor and search.
Last summer China admitted that the China Ocean Shipping Co. was shipping 640 tons of raw waste from the United States to China when it suddenly decided to dump it into the open sea.
In 1993 U.S. Navy shadowed a China Ocean Shipping Co. ship passing in the Persian Gulf after U.S. intelligence warned it was suspected of carrying chemical weapons materials.
CIA director Robert Gates has said ' ... any time you turn over an American port facility to a foreign-owned company, especially one with significant [Communist Chinese] government connection, then at least it ought to be vetted through national security agencies.'
A Navy Department career official said that no intelligence review was sought because the China Ocean Shipping Company's was not considered a security threat, by the Clinton White House.
The Chinese will lease the Long Beach Naval Station base for a 10 year term at a fee of $14.5 million per year. The Chinese will have the option to expand the perimeter of the operation onto another 150 acres of old Navy shipyards that will be developed at the City of Long Beach taxpayer's expense.
Officials at the Chinese shipping interest's headquarters in New Jersey and in Beijing refused to comment or respond to questions about president Clinton's involvement.
I've been pointing it out for days.
Yup. I know it's not a new find, but this old article adds to body of evidence pointing at the Clintons. There is some other good information in there about COSCO.
FR is a great repository of information for this kind of thing. Hopefully somebody out there will make good use of it.
IMO (unrelated to topic), what is the message we are sending about our military and the need for a strong defense organization when BRAC is out there closing bases left and right? It goes beyond just letting enemies and potential enemies operate our ports, I think it sends the message that the DOD is not an important arm of the federal government. For MY money, the DOD carries far more weight than HUD, Dept. of Education, Ag. Dept and/or some of the others.
We should thank our "leaders" for enabling us to finally see exactly what is going on at our ports. We have been kept so busy watching the other acts that we forgot to consider that a smokescreen was put up around insidious schemes.
Send the Chinese and the muslims home; otherwise, we are like guests at a resort with our enemies mixing our cocktails and carrying in fresh towels while they are preparing to cut our throats.
Yet Clinton could get away with anything because "the economy was good!" Because everyone knows when the economy is good, the president's popularity ratings are always high.
Just do an FR Search on COSCO. It's all there. Along with a vastly different Freeper reaction than the one fo the Dubai deal.
I've been saying that Monica was spoon fed to us by the MSM for over two years while scumbag was dealing with the Chinese for money...whether campaign contributions,presidential library,land deals,or missile guidence systems...scumbag always got his....just as we see in Today's headlines
When they put up the poll
I said from the beginning
americans should run america
That is an explosion just waiting to happen
The difference was the vehement protest of the COSCO deal, as compared to the lockstep support of the Dubai deal.
And now, even our el presidente! Shame!
The land was undermined with lifetimes of low-sulfur coal, but a deal was struck with the Chinese Communists to buy their low sulfur coal and bury the Utah land forever to mining.
....shussssh...you'll uncover something else Hildebeast didn't know nothing about....shuuuushh!!!
The shadowy Clinton marriage of convenience for power and wealth is coming home to roost; the junior senator from New York was very much aware at the time, her philandering spouses financial arrangements with the UAE and the Long Beach cum air base arrangements with China.
Hillary for president? NEVER!
Janet Reno's biggest ever smoke screen!
I DON'T RECALL
..wrong!!...the super dyke didn't sign,ok,proceed,investigate,eat,sleep,or sh*t without the nod from clinton.....as an example. The Oklahoma City bombing.....nothing came from her mouth or desk for over a month. The biggest,so called,home grown terrorist act to hit this nation....and super dyke was mum
Excellent advice. I'll think I'll have a look at who the double-standard hypocrites are.
Those were different times. In general, FR was about a return to Constitutional Government, reining in Governmental power, and pushing for smaller Government in general. That's why I signed up. Should have known all that would change when the Republicans came to power.
Pier J Berths J232-J234
LB Container Terminal
Pier F Berths F6, F8, F10
Pacific Container Terminal
Pier J Berths J243-J247, J266-J270
Koch Carbon, Inc.
Pier F Berth F211
Mitsubishi Cement Corp.
Pier F Berth F208
National Gypsum Co.
Pier B Berths B82
Chemoil Marine Terminal
Pier G Berth G211A
Shell Oil Products U.S.
Pier B Berths B84-B87
Cooper T. Smith
Pier F Berths F204, F205
Pier D Berths D50-D54
Pacific Coast Recycling Co.
Pier T Berth T118
Port of Long Beach
Standby Berth - Pier F Berth F201
Pier T Berth T122
You're right these are different times. The ones who have our ports(terminals) now, have delcared a holy war against us. Kill all infidels, or convert them to islam and dhimmitude. I'm one of those infidels.
What I can't understand is why these two traitors aren't in jail... let alone considering a run for the '08 seat. Bush needs to tell these people to shut up, because I know he has enough dirt on them to put them away for a loooooooong time.
A few representative links. Something quite interesting to me is that much of the objection came during GWB's watch! Must have been a hold-over effect, as Presindet Bush hadn't been in office but a few months when the April 2001 actions were going down.
But there was a strong anti-China reaction even later than 2003.
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Excellent thread, thanks for the info!!!
Clinton and now the Bush Administration, with the H.W. Bush Family's 20+ years personal ties to UAE's Royal Family.
Maybe we should just dismantle the Federal government.