Tuesday, February 14, 2006

ARAB FIRM TO CONTROL 6 MAJOR U.S. PORTS

Well... this is comforting. I mean, c'mon, guys.. What the hell are you thinking. I get the whole outsourcing thing, but outsourcing control of ports to an ARAB company? I mean, why don't we just put a big "NOW HIRING TERRORISTS" sign outside of all the ports. Don't the folks in Washington understand that this is just playing with fire?
A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism.

How has the UAE responded to the terror attacks of 9/11?
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI has said the money for the strikes was transferred to the hijackers primarily through the UAE's banking system, and much of the operational planning for the attacks took place inside the UAE.

Many of the hijackers traveled to the U.S. through the UAE. Also, the hijacker who steered United Airlines flight into the World Trade Center's south tower, Marwan al-Shehhi, was born in the UAE.

After the attacks, U.S. Treasury Department officials complained about a lack of cooperation by the UAE and other Arab countries trying to track Osama bin Laden's bank accounts.

I don't know about you, but this kind of sh*t just drives me nuts...