Apparently, the Bush administration looks the other way for terrorists willing to give the United States money. They have now outsourced the operation of six of our countryâ€™s largest ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If approved, Dubai Ports World, managed by the UAE government, would control the ports of New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia for $6.8 billion. Here are some known facts about the UAE:
â€“ The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
â€“ The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia.
â€“ According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.
â€“ After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Ladenâ€™s bank accounts.
So, let me get this right. They recognized the government helping the 9/11 terrorists, transferred money to those same terrorists, will not help us find said terrorists, and aided Iran in possibly assembling nuclear weapons? I am thinking it probably does not sound like a great idea to give them control over key entry points into our country or ever really do any sort of business negotiation. But that’s just me.
Luckily, a 7-member bipartisan group in Congress is calling for a suspension on the approval until the Treasury Department investigates the national security implications of the sale.