The political shell game

Posted: June 23, 2008 in Politics, World

Many of you remember how folks last year raised pure hell over the Dubai port deal and how little it made sense to appoint a foreign nation any major role in the security of our ports. Well, looks like congress decided to wait until all the drama of the general election to green light this ridiculous plan.


Gulf firm is first international port operator to be certified for security by U.S.

ABU DHABI — A leading Gulf firm in the United Arab Emirates whose plans to operate six U.S. ports was last year rebuffed by Congress, has been certified as a partner in a U.S. port security program.

The state-owned Dubai Ports World has been certified as a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism. DP World underwent a successful audit that determined the company met international ISO 28000 security standards required by C-TPAT.

In 2007, DP abandoned plans to purchase a British company that operated six major ports in the United States, Middle East Newsline reported. Congress was opposed to a state-owned UAE company having direct access to U.S. ports.

Executives said DP World has become the only international port operator certified by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. They said the certification would ensure improved standards throughout the company’s 44 terminals.

“We are proud to be part of the C-TPAT initiative and to have achieved certification for all our terminals,” DP World chief executive officer Mohammed Sharaf said. (more…)

Next stop: Amnesty.

  1. Nista206 says:

    Wow, they’re really f*cking us up…

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