Sunday, February 26, 2006

Now It's Three Cabinet Secretaries Who Approved Port Transfer, But Now Claim Not To Have Known About Deal Until After It Was Announced

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has joined the list of high-ranking Bush Administration officials -- including President Bush -- who claim to have not been aware a United Arab Emirates-owned company was seeking to operate terminals in six U.S. ports.

The Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States approved the deal on Jan. 17. The committee is made up of 12 senior government officials, including the Treasury, State, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce secretaries and the Attorney General.

But three of those secretaries -- Chertoff, Treasury Secretary Snow and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld -- claim they didn't know about the deal transferring operations from British company Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. to Dubai Ports World until it was made known by the media.

The various agencies are defending the lack of notification by calling the transfer a "routine" matter that no one is "second-guessing." This in spite of the fact that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers used the United Arab Emirates as an operational and financial base, and the UAE was an important transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya by Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan.

Given the firestorm from both sides of the political aisle, I wonder if anyone in the Bush Administration will think twice the next time.

4 Comments:

Blogger RB Ripley said...

The utter lack of accountabiility by this administration never ceases to awe, does it?

2:15 AM  
Anonymous opihimoimoi said...

And they want us to TRUST THEM???? my ass.....

1:00 PM  
Anonymous janeaustin said...

This whole administration is phoning it in - - from wherever they are on their current PR tour for Social Security, Iran or New Orleans or other doomed and idiotic plan bushco is pushing now.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous KansDem said...

Let's see, we have cabinet secretaries who approve deals they know nothing about; we have a congress that will vote on legislation its members haven't read; and a president who doesn't study PDBs.

Ignorance is bliss!

2:37 PM  

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