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Reality 1, Talking points 0. February 28, 2006

Posted by ultor in politics.
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The talking points seem to be that opposing the Dubai Ports World deal is “racist”, because the opposition is allegedly based purely on the fact that the purchasers are Arabs. I suppose it makes a nice rant, but it ignores a whole bunch of reality, so much so that even some of the people from the current administration can’t ignore it.

Joseph King, who headed the customs agency’s anti-terrorism efforts under the Treasury Department and the new Department of Homeland Security, said national security fears are well grounded.

He said a company the size of Dubai Ports World would be able to get hundreds of visas to relocate managers and other employees to the United States. Using appeals to Muslim solidarity or threats of violence, al-Qaeda operatives could force low-level managers to provide some of those visas to al-Qaeda sympathizers, said King, who for years tracked similar efforts by organized crime to infiltrate ports in New York and New Jersey. Those sympathizers could obtain legitimate driver’s licenses, work permits and mortgages that could then be used by terrorist operatives.

Dubai Ports World could also offer a simple conduit for wire transfers to terrorist operatives in the Middle East. Large wire transfers from individuals would quickly attract federal scrutiny, but such transfers, buried in the dozens of wire transfers a day from Dubai Ports World’s operations in the United States to the Middle East would go undetected, King said.

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1. Machutus - October 30, 2006

Silvester

Empty vessels make the greatest (the most) sound…


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