Sunday, February 19, 2006

*** Let’s make this Bush's Headache of the Week. And in the process possibly save a port or two. And I want to hear from all those eaters of freedom fries and France bashers because 17 or 18 of the world trade hijackers weren't from Paris mutha fu_ _ _ rs, they were Saudis!***

Arab Firm Buys Major U.S. Ports

(CBS/AP) A company at the Port of Miami has sued to block the takeover of shipping operations there by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. It is the first American courtroom effort to capsize a $6.8 billion sale already embroiled in a national debate over security risks at six major U.S. ports affected by the deal.

The Miami Company, a subsidiary of Eller & Company Inc., presently is a business partner with London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which Dubai Ports World purchased last week. In a lawsuit in Florida circuit court, the Miami subsidiary said that under the sale it will become an "involuntary partner" with Dubai's government and it may seek more than $10 million in damages...

...The sale, already approved by the Bush administration, has drawn escalating criticism by lawmakers in Washington who maintain the United Arab Emirates is not consistent in its support of U.S. terrorism-fighting efforts. At least one Senate oversight hearing is planned for later this month...

*** Republican congressman Frankie Botz wants to fight a rear guard action...screw him lets go full frontal on this...no Saudi ownership of sensitive American infrastructure!***

...A New Jersey lawmaker said Saturday he intends to require U.S. port security officials be American citizens, to prevent overseas companies operating domestic shipping facilities from hiring foreigners in such sensitive positions. Republican Frank A. LoBiondo, chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, cited "significant" security worries over the sale to Dubai Ports World...

*** How about a "Ted drop dead" campaign when this apologist arrives in Washington? ***

...Caught by surprise over the breadth of concerns expressed in the United States, Dubai is cautiously organizing its response. The company quietly dispatched advisers to reassure port officials along the East Coast, and its chief operating officer, internationally respected American shipping executive Edward "Ted" H. Bilkey, is expected to travel to Washington this week for meetings on Capitol Hill and elsewhere...

***Is that Bilkey or Bilk thee?***

...Baltimore Mayor O'Malley, who co-chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Task Force on Homeland Security, is calling on President Bush to reverse the decision...

...O'Malley on Saturday harshly criticized the president's approval of the ports deal as an "outrageous, reckless and irresponsible decision" and urged the White House to reconsider the sale. Baltimore is one of the affected ports. O'Malley also is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland...

...In New York, families of some victims from the September 2001 terror attacks planned to criticize the deal during a press conference Sunday with Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, a leading critic of the sale. Schumer said he is dubious any assurances can justify involvement by the United Arab Emirates in American ports...

...Schumer and other critics have cited the UAE's history as an operational and financial base for the hijackers who carried out the attacks against New York and Washington.

"A lot of families are incensed by this, because you're talking about the safety of the country," said William Doyle, whose son Joseph died at the World Trade Center. "We have a problem already in our ports because all of our containers aren't checked, but now they want to add this unknown? It's not right."...

***Well this one is liking shooting lawyers in a barrel and so before dickhead Cheney shows up to blast those bottom feeders lets git em ourselves...and can anybody on either side now deny that we have the best government any terrorist pimp shit regime can buy? And where of where is Bloomberg on this? I will be calling his offices in the morning***
barbarians at the port

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