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Book Says Dubai Ports Deal Was CIA Front

From the Washington Times:

Inside the Ring

Bill Gertz
July 20, 2007

CIA sabotage

Former Inside the Ring co-author Rowan Scarborough has written a new book revealing a key reason the Bush administration pressed hard for the 2006 deal for the United Arab Emirates-based Dubai Ports World to take over management of several U.S. ports.

According to Mr. Scarborough, the administration wanted the deal to go through because the UAE government had agreed to let the United States post agents inside its global port network who could report on world shipping.

Dubai Ports currently runs port facilities at key U.S. intelligence targets, including Venezuela, China, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia.

Dubai Ports, in essence, was going to become an agent of CIA,” Mr. Scarborough said in an interview. “The arrangement is helping us detect whether any kind of terror contraband was being moved around.”

The management deal to run ports at New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and Miami was initially approved by the Treasury Department-run Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, but was eventually scuttled in 2006 after pressure from Congress. Both Republicans and Democrats raised concerns that the deal would affect U.S. port security since al Qaeda had used UAE as a major financial base for its terrorist network.

The book, “Sabotage: America’s Enemies Within the CIA,” highlights the battle between the agency and the Pentagon over Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and how CIA careerists subverted CIA Director Porter J. Goss’ efforts to transform the CIA. It is also critical of CIA intelligence support for the Iraq war, and reports that Justice Department officials think the CIA itself leaked that they had referred the press exposure of CIA officer Valerie Plame to Justice, which triggered the administration’s biggest political crisis.

Faithful readers will recall that I eventually had few objections to the Dubai ports deal, since they weren’t going to do anything the Saudis weren’t already doing here.

That is, managing a few berths (not ports) at various ports.

But uninformed hysteria (from many of the usual suspects) carried the day. 

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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