United we Stand  

jakblack36 49M
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2/21/2006 8:54 am

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United we Stand

Many of you know that I care deeply about our country. No matter what side of the aisle your on, we must stand to defend our country. Please write your representitives regarding this issue.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Lawmakers planned to unveil legislation Tuesday that would block an Arab-owned company from taking over operations at six major U.S. ports.

The move comes amid increasing criticism of a deal that would see Dubai Ports World take over London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. P&O operates the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon in New York to discuss a bill that would suspend the deal.

If the transaction proceeds, cargo-screening functions would continue to be performed by the Department of Homeland Security. The port operator is responsible for securing cargo that moves in and out of the port, as well as the security of the port facility.

"No matter how much we do, [the ports] are going to be vulnerable," King told ABC News' "Good Morning America" program on Monday. "And to add to that, to have a company which could have an al Qaida infiltration actually inside those ports, knowing what our security procedures are, knowing what's done in those ports and just having a chance to infiltrate -- to me, it's hard enough to control the ports without having a company working within them that could be a security threat."

The deal, which is scheduled to close March 2, has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The committee, which is chaired by the Treasury Department, includes representatives from the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and other agencies.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff defended the administration's decision to back the deal as he made the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows.
"We have a very disciplined process, it's a classified process, for reviewing any acquisition by a foreign company of assets that we consider relevant to national security," Chertoff told NBC's "Meet the Press." "That process worked here."

Meanwhile, the Republican governors of New York and Maryland have threatened legal action to block the transaction, and several lawmakers have sharply criticized the Bush administration and the Treasury Department for approving the transaction.

A group of lawmakers last week asked Snow to order CFIUS to conduct a full 45-day review of the deal.
"Why in the world should we let this rogue government control ports in the United States?" said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
New York Gov. George Pataki and Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich have both indicated they might attempt to cancel lease arrangements with P&O at ports in their states.

The Bush administration has long considered the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, to be a key ally in the war on terror.
William L. Watts is a reporter for MarketWatch

This is the most truly frightening thing to happen to our nation since 9/11. It helps the theory that we knew we were going to be attacked.

The fact that this administration considers the U.A.E to be allies says it all. The terrorist that were involved in the 9/11 attack came from the U.A.E.

Why the fuck would Bush make a deal with these people..simple, he is one of them, not one of us.

rm_cockmerollme 46F
1223 posts
2/22/2006 12:00 am

Peter King is from Long Island.

Sorry about that...


saddletrampsk 55F

2/22/2006 8:21 pm

Not all people from the middle east are terrorists just as all germans are not nazis

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