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United Arab Emirates Co. manage US ports

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After 9-11 I personally don't care how many pledges are given, how many safeguards are put into place, I am absolutely opposed to this group buying a company which manages even one US port.  Please contact your senators and representatives if you have any strong feelings about this issue.  Let It All Out

"Chertoff says Dubai port deal includes safeguards
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The homeland security chief said on Sunday a deal for a Dubai-based company to manage major U.S. ports would include security safeguards, but a Republican senator urged a probe and called the Bush administration "tone deaf politically" for approving it.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the Bush administration had approved the sale of British firm P&O, which manages six U.S. ports including New York, to Dubai Ports World after a classified review and the deal would include safeguards to protect U.S. national security.

"You can be assured that before a deal is approved we put safeguards in place, assurances in place, that make everybody comfortable that we are where we need to be from a national security viewpoint," Chertoff said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

But Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said it was a mistake for the administration to approve the sale and called on Congress to investigate it.

"It's unbelievably tone deaf politically at this point in our history, four years after 9/11, to entertain the idea of turning port security over to a company based in the UAE who avows to destroy Israel," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I don't think now is the time to outsource major port security to a foreign-based company," he said."  ..... continued

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyid=2006-02-19T163451Z_01_N19219437_RTRUKOC_0_US-SECURITY-PORTS.xml&rpc=22

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Comments

1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 19, 2006, 2:20 pm
Big mistake selling out to foriegners on this one.
Where has our American enterprise gone.
2.
konaneComment by konane - February 19, 2006, 2:32 pm
Both my senators and my representative are going to get an ear full about this one. Am not a happy camper to have heard about it. Thanks for any input you're willing to give!!
3.
emilygComment by emilyg - February 21, 2006, 1:11 am
same here - insane

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