Trying To Maintain Rationality

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Only The Republican Party Can Keep Us Unsafe

From an article at

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.


The State Department describes the UAE as a vital partner in the fight against terrorism. But the UAE, a loose federation of seven emirates on the Saudi peninsula, was an important operational and financial base for the hijackers who carried out the attacks against New York and Washington, the FBI concluded.


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.

Now, granted, it's only management of the ports and not operation of the ports... and the article notes that:

Flynn and others said even under foreign control, U.S. ports will continue to be run by unionized American employees. "You're not going have a bunch of UAE citizens working the docks," Flynn said. "They're longshoremen, vested in high-paying jobs. Most of them are Archie Bunker-kind of Americans."

However, and probably most importantly:

Critics of the proposed purchase said a port operator complicit in smuggling or terrorism could manipulate manifests and other records to frustrate Homeland Security's already limited scrutiny of shipping containers and slip contraband past U.S. Customs inspectors.

... cripes


  • hey, it's liberalkitty from the MikeMalloy board and DailyKos (UCSBClassics53)

    it blogges the mind how he has like a 47% approval rating on the "WAR ON terror."

    By Blogger catsagainstbush, at Sunday, February 12, 2006 1:06:00 AM  

  • Hey dude! I was wondering when I'd finally get a fellow Malloy visitor... lol

    The saddest part, IMHO, is how dense some people still are as to how vulnerable we still are, how little has actually been done to 'close the holes' where *real* terrorism could potentially occur... and, of course, how much money is wasted.

    You'd think more people would start to "get it"...

    By Blogger EconAtheist, at Sunday, February 12, 2006 10:14:00 AM  

  • Well I found you on DailyKos and saw your website so I had to go read it!

    People nowadays seem to think that if Bush says something it must be so. If Bush says we're safer, we must be. Maybe many of these sheep play World of Warcraft and actually think Bush's mouth when it opens, casts Power Word: Shield over all of us. I don't know. You can't look for rational explanations when it comes to these people.

    By Blogger catsagainstbush, at Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:20:00 PM  

  • Without terrorism Bush has nothing. He has to keep them going to be able to keep himself going.

    Case in point: Osama bin Laden is still out there.

    By Blogger Grandpa Eddie, at Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:44:00 PM  

  • That's right on, Gramps... gotta have your boogeyman.


    ... geez - I'll have to play WoW one of these days... I miss out on all the pop culture references.. lol

    By Blogger EconAtheist, at Monday, February 13, 2006 9:25:00 AM  

  • Basically they believe that God speaks through Bush so that if Bush opens his mouth, the words form a paean that protects us from all evil. It's too bad they don't realize what comes out of his mouth is only fit for toilets.

    By Blogger catsagainstbush, at Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:33:00 PM  

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