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First Draft – Les Kinsolving and Atrios — Great Minds Think Alike

February 17, 2006

Atrios wants to know why the Bush Assministration wishes to put six major ports in the United States under the control of the United Arab Emirates.

Les Kinsolving asked Scottie the same question yesterday.

Q Scott, I have a two-part. The government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved a deal that will put six major ports in the United States under the control of a state-sponsored company based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. And my question: Knowing, as we do, that the Arab Emirate was tied in many ways to the 9/11 hijackers and their deeds, and knowing the critical nature of port security and protecting the nation, will the President step in and stop this deal from going into effect March 2nd?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, my understanding, Les, is that this went through the national security review process under CFIUS, at the Department of Treasury. That is the agency that is responsible for overseeing such matters. And this includes a number of national security agencies — the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Justice, among others, and there is a rigorous review that goes on for proposed foreign investments for national security concerns. And in terms of specifics relating to this, Treasury is the chair of this and you should direct those questions to Treasury.

Kudos to Holden, his gaggle is a must read. He continues with the incredible outsourcing of port security to the United Arab Emirates
First Draft – Les Kinsolving and Atrios — Great Minds Think Alike

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