Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Someone Needs Called In On The Carpet On This One

AICS, my friend over at the Logic Lifeline has posted something very disturbing to me and should be quite disturbing to most people, Democrats and Republicans alike.

Once again, the NY Post is playing point guard on the the purchase of a London company by a United Arab Emirates company that gives responsibility over the security details of 6 major sea ports in our country.

Read the rest, it's not long at all.

But know this, this is a grave error in judgement and needs to be looked into, as of yesterday. This cannot happen, it makes no damned sense, whatsoever. I cannot think of one good thing that can come of this.

My question in all of this would be, where is the media when you need them? They spend countless hours trying to grill the VP over the shooting, they stew and boil about being left out of the loop, and they do everything to embarass the President in things that don't mean a damned thing, in the larger scope of things. But here is a disturbing lapse of judgement and they are AWOL, demanding answers about why they were not told about the shooting, in a more timely fashion.

It's called straining at a gnat and yet, swallowing a camel.

UPDATE - Always On Watch is covering this too.


gandalf said...

well just how stupid can you get
I do not think there is a need to say anymore except that your congress should block this ridiculous act

Always On Watch said...

Yeah, along with Sixth Column and some others, I'm after this one.

Contact your reps in Congress, and keep contacting them.

If this proposal stands, it's a recipe for disaster.

Always On Watch said...

I posted the following comment at my own blog this morning, and am now sharing it with you:

Fox & Friends is carrying the story this morning. The coverage this morning emphasizes that UAE does some money-laundering for terrorist organizations.

I also found this today:

White House Defends Port Sale to Arab Co.
Feb 16 3:48 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writers


The Bush administration on Thursday rebuffed criticism about potential security risks of a $6.8 billion sale that gives a company in the United Arab Emirates control over significant operations at six major American ports.

Lawmakers asked the White House to reconsider its earlier approval of the deal....

Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., urged congressional hearings on the deal....

"At a time when America is leading the world in the war on terrorism and spending billions of dollars to secure our homeland, we cannot cede control of strategic assets to foreign nations with spotty records on terrorism," Fossella said.

Critics also have cited the UAE's history as an operational and financial base for the hijackers who carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"Outsourcing the operations of our largest ports to a country with a dubious record on terrorism is a homeland security and commerce accident waiting to happen," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "The administration needs to take another look at this deal."

Separately, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Thursday it will conduct its own review of the deal and urged the government to defend its decision.

In a letter to the Treasury Department, Port Authority chairman Anthony Coscia said the independent review by his agency was necessary "to protect its interests."

The lawmakers pressing the White House to reconsider included Sens. Schumer, Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Reps. Foley, Fossella and Chris Shays, R-Conn.