- -01-04-06 Homeland Security to Require Unified Plans (SFGate.com)
"San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and nine other Bay Area cities of more than 100,000 people will have to fill a tall order within the next 60 days -- put aside their traditional rivalries and parochial interests and develop a single application that could mean tens of millions of dollars in federal homeland security funds." 01-06
- -02-20-06 Governors Join Debate on Port Security (MSNBC News)
"Two Republican governors on Monday questioned a Bush administration decision allowing an Arab-owned company to operate six major U. S. ports, saying they may try to cancel lease arrangements at ports in their states." 02-06
- -02-21-06 Senate in Conflict with Bush on U.S. Port Security (ABC News)
"A very powerful and very Republican voice has joined those questioning the White House's acceptance of a plan by the Arab company Dubai Ports World to take over the operations at major East Coast shipping ports, including those in New York and Philadelphia."
"Meanwhile, President Bush said today that he would veto any congressional efforts to stop the deal from going forward."
"[Sen. Evan] Bayh points out that a congressional investigation requested in 2003 and completed in 2005 found that the government entity that cleared such sales 'uses such a narrow definition of national security that it approves too many questionable takeovers without sufficient review.' " 02-06
- -02-21-06 U.S. Port Deal: Unreasonable Fear or Legitimate Security Concern? (ABC News)
"Democrats and Republicans are challenging the Bush administration's plan to give a company based in the United Arab Emirates significant control over the nation's biggest ports — including New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia."
" 'I strongly disagree with [Homeland Security Chief] Mike Chertoff on this,' Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said today on ABC's 'Good Morning America.' 'The fact is, this was a very compressed investigation — at most 20 to 25 days, and only a few days was spent looking at the security aspects.' "
"In his opinion, securing the nation's ports is difficult enough. So why add to the complications by letting a 'company which could have an al Qaeda infiltration,' know U.S. ports' security measures." 02-06
- -02-22-06 Bush Did Not Know About Port Deal (CBS News)
"President Bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates until the deal already had been approved by his administration, the White House said Wednesday." 02-06