Wednesday, February 22, 2006

According to the Drudge man

The dubai deal has to do with much more then just our security

Documents obtained by the AP show the Bush administration's conditions for approving a ports sale required a Dubai company to cooperate with future U.S. investigations and disclose internal operations records on demand... Developing...

Dubai is a big port of call for Heroin smugglers which help to fund terrorist activities (out of yer central asian opiate growers) so this deal was quid pro quo. You get these ports if you actually give us the ability to attack opiate smugglers.

however its not all ducks and roses

The administration did not require Dubai Ports to keep copies of business records on U.S. soil, where they would be subject to court orders. It also did not require the company to designate an American citizen to accommodate U.S. government requests. Outside legal experts said such obligations are routinely attached to U.S. approvals of foreign sales in other industries.

"They're not lax but they're not draconian," said James Lewis, a former U.S. official who worked on such agreements. If officials had predicted the firestorm of criticism over the deal, Lewis said, "they might have made them sound harder."

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