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Three More Reasons Why The UAE Shouldn't Be Entrusted With Our Ports Of Entry

by Steve Soto

Now that the Bush Administration has decided to ram the Dubai ports deal through without regard for what Congress thinks, I suppose it is a tad bit inconvenient to point out that Dubai's commitment to tight port security is, ah, a little lax:

Reader Joe Musco points us to the following testimony just last year in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in which our own Chief of Staff to the US Mission to the United Nations, told Congress that the UAE was participating in the ferrying of prohibited goods to and from Saddam Hussein in violation of the UN sanctions.

Musco also points us to the fact that the UAE allowed the Al Wasel and Babel Company to be set up as a front for Saddam Hussein, so that he could violate the sanctions by engaging in kickbacks and attempts to procure such lovely things like surface-to-air missile systems. Who said so? Why, John Snows Treasury Department, thats who. Although the UAE eventually shut down the Al Wasel and Babel Company, they continue to allow its parent company the Lootah Group to operate inside the country as their version of Halliburton, a giant enterprise also named the Lootah General Trading Company, which operates among other things a container inspection business. The Lootah Group has already been identified as a front company that violated the Oil for Food program by the Treasury Department and as a front company for Saddam by Charles Duelfer in his report for the CIA. So how can the right wing in this country use the Oil for Food program as a whipping boy anymore against anyone if they themselves now want to turn our ports of entry over to a country that itself was complicit?

And to cap it off, reader Kim Stewart directs us to this gem, in todays New York Post (registration required), of all places:

Al Qaeda warned the government of the United Arab Emirates more than three years ago that it "infiltrated" key government agencies, according to a disturbing document released by the U.S. military.



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