Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Bush Administration is In Bed With the Terrorists

Arab Company, White House Had Secret Agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration secretly required a company in the United Arab Emirates to cooperate with future U.S. investigations before approving its takeover of operations at six American ports, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. It chose not to impose other, routine restrictions.

As part of the $6.8 billion purchase, state-owned Dubai Ports World agreed to reveal records on demand about "foreign operational direction" of its business at U.S. ports, the documents said. Those records broadly include details about the design, maintenance or operation of ports and equipment.

The administration did not require Dubai Ports to keep copies of business records on U.S. soil, where they would be subject to court orders. It also did not require the company to designate an American citizen to accommodate U.S. government requests. Outside legal experts said such obligations are routinely attached to U.S. approvals of foreign sales in other industries.

"They're not lax but they're not draconian," said James Lewis, a former U.S. official who worked on such agreements. If officials had predicted the firestorm of criticism over the deal, Lewis said, "they might have made them sound harder."

The conditions involving the sale of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. were detailed in U.S. documents marked "confidential." Such records are regularly guarded as trade secrets, and it is highly unusual for them to be made public.

The concessions - described previously by the Homeland Security Department as unprecedented among maritime companies - reflect the close relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

The revelations about the negotiated conditions came as the White House acknowledged President Bush was unaware of the pending sale until the deal had already been approved by his administration.

Bush on Tuesday brushed aside objections by leaders in the Senate and House. He pledged to veto any bill Congress might approve to block the agreement, but some lawmakers said they still were determined to capsize it....

More at the link.
My gtake? It's a deliberate move to leave our already insecure ports even more vulnerable to infiltration and attack; it is conventional wisdom that another catastrophic attack will lead directly to a police state. THIS IS NOTHING BUT A POWER GRAB BY A MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.

We only inspect something like 5% of the containers coming in as it is. By putting our security in the hands of a company owned by the UAE, one of the only governments to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan, and the source of 2 of the 9/11 attackers, the Bush administration is telegraphing its true aims.

This must be stopped.


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