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    UAE royals, bin Laden's saviours

    http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/mar/25osama.htm

    March 25, 2004 12:04 IST

    The Central Intelligence Agency did not target Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden once as he had the royal family of the United Arab Emirates with him in Afghanistan, the agency's director, George Tenet, told the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States on Thursday.

    Had the CIA targeted bin Laden, half the royal family would have been wiped out as well, he said.

    The 10-member bipartisan commission is investigating the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US.

    A host of Clinton and Bush administration officials have testified before the commission.

    Deputy Secretary of State Richard Amritage told the commission that it was impossible to send troops to Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al Qaeda without Pakistan's cooperation and building a new relationship with India.

    "US sanctions against Pakistan on the nuclear and other issues complicated the matter and these had to be dismantled," Armitage said.

    He also suggested if the US Congress wanted to show displeasure with any country, it should think of other methods than imposing sanctions.

    Former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke has charged that fighting terrorism was not the top priority with the Bush administration. The top priority, he suggested, was Iraq, not Al Qaeda, a claim refuted by the White House.

    Clarke alleged that the White House delayed implementing the proposals he had made for eight months and adopted them only after 9/11.
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    Americans would still be in charge of the actual port security, the UAE would control the business of the ports, not the security. Of course, most port and airport security is total crap these days anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsetlemming
    Americans would still be in charge of the actual port security, the UAE would control the business of the ports, not the security. Of course, most port and airport security is total crap these days anyway.
    Why not give it to a company within the United States (not Halliburton) instead of giving it to a company that comes from a country that had ties to the alleged hijackers?
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    White House agrees to brief GOP leader Frist as it scrambles to save Dubai port deal

    http://rawstory.com/news/2005/White_..._GOP_0222.html

    Published: February 22, 2006

    White House officials were expected to brief national security advisers to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) today, hoping to squelch increased opposition on Capitol Hill to approval of a port management contract for a company based in the United Arab Emirates, a senior GOP aide told ROLL CALL Wednesday.

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    The staff-level briefing comes as the White House continues a vigorous defense of its decision to permit Dubai Worldwide Ports to undertake a contract to manage a number of U.S. ports.

    The controversy emerged because of high concerns that U.S. seaports, where not every shipment is thoroughly inspected, could be an entry point for terrorists or weapons of mass destruction. Although the Coast Guard is charged with securing American waters — and while customs officials control the importation of goods — companies that manage ports generally have significant security duties between the waterline and the facility’s fence line.

    Late Tuesday, President Bush questioned the motivation of Congressional critics, hinting that complaints about the contract appear to be motivated out of fear of Arabs or Muslims.

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    The White House scrambled to rescue a deal giving a state-run Arab firm control of operations at six major US ports and to limit the political fallout from the controversial arrangement.

    President George W. Bush's chief spokesman, Scott McClellan, said Bush had only learned about the deal "over the last several days," once it was completed, saying questions about it "didn't rise to the presidential level."

    But "the counterterrorism experts looked at it. The intelligence community did an assessment to make sure that there was no national security threat," McClellan told reporters.

    One Republican congressional aide, who requested anonymity, said the White House should have realized that the agreement raised uncomfortable questions about national security -- a key issue ahead of November legislative elections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    Why not give it to a company within the United States (not Halliburton) instead of giving it to a company that comes from a country that had ties to the alleged hijackers?
    That could have been a good idea someone came up with before the UAE came around. Now it's a little more complicated. I'm thinking of what'll happen now if we deny the UAE after offering them the contract. Sort of a smack-in-the-face reaction, I'm thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsetlemming
    That could have been a good idea someone came up with before the UAE came around. Now it's a little more complicated. I'm thinking of what'll happen now if we deny the UAE after offering them the contract. Sort of a smack-in-the-face reaction, I'm thinking.
    It's not complicated at all. Give the contract to an American bidder.
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    Before: "Yeah, we like you, UAE, but, uh, we're gonna give the contract to someone else"
    Now: "Uh, yeah, we like you UAE, so we'll give you the contract! ...Oh, hold on, the people realized we're fucking idiots. Sorry, better luck next time. Maybe we can sell you an airport or an oil rig or power plant instead."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsetlemming
    Before: "Yeah, we like you, UAE, but, uh, we're gonna give the contract to someone else"
    Now: "Uh, yeah, we like you UAE, so we'll give you the contract! ...Oh, hold on, the people realized we're fucking idiots. Sorry, better luck next time. Maybe we can sell you an airport or an oil rig or power plant instead."
    We block the sales of foreign companies all the time. Have you forgotten China's bid to purchase Unocal?
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    Yes. I have. Anyway, this isn't just blocked, it's offered, govermnet approved, then taken away. It's not like it takes much for the middle east to dislike us. I mean, we already shelled Micheal Jackson over to Dubai, so they probably are unhappy with us ulready.

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    I think I should mention, btw, that I am not defending the port sale, or saying we shouldn't deny it. I'm just bemoaning about what'll happen next.

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