It seems there’s a plan in the works to outsource control of 6 major U.S. ports to a Dubai company, and Senator Chuck Schumer has stepped up to question the deal. Obviously this is a national security issue as Schumer points out, WTF are they thinking now…
Speaking on FAUX TV, Schumer “expressed reservations about the deal in which the British port and ferries group Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company approved a takeover bid by DP World of Dubai.”
“Should we be outsourcing our own security?” Schumer said in the interview
“We have to have hands-on control of things. And to have United Arab Emirates — I mean, they are a country that’s allied with the US, but at the same time a whole bunch of the (September 11) hijackers came from the United Arab Emirates.”
The WaPo reports that the “Bush administration considers the UAE an important ally in the fight against terrorism since the suicide hijackings” and they are “not objecting to Dubai Ports World’s purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.” Obviously they are looking at dollar signs with the reported $6.8 billion sale. I’m with Schumer on this… someone needs to be looking closer at this deal which would be finalized on March 2.
Schumer said he had “real doubts” about the deal that would give DP World operations of the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.
“I think there ought to be a full and public review before this company is allowed to control security up and down the East Coast,” he said.
“The issue is not the head of the company. I’m sure he’s been checked out. But how good is their security? How good do they check on their employees? Could people infiltrate this company a lot more easily than they could infiltrate an American company?”