February 23, 2006, - 9:25 am
By Debbie Schlussel
The deal for Dubai Ports World to control six of our major ports is bad enough. But more information, from a secret White House deal, is even more disturbing. In the secret agreement, the White House agreed to drop legal requirements that are normally required for ALL OTHER corporations in a similar position.
The White House is not requiring DP World to maintain its records on U.S. soil. Huh? Why? I mean, after all, we’re only talking about national security and vital infrastructure at key entry points on our shores. The White House is also NOT requiring DP World to have a resident agent who is a U.S. Citizen. That is almost unheard of for any other corporation, foreign or domestic, that does business here.
This deal with Dubai is bad enough, but now they are RELAXING the standards applied for all others. So what was that the President was saying about those opposed to the deal singling out Arabs for different treatment? Looks like he needs to look in the mirror. When it comes to this rotten deal, his White House singled out Arabs for BETTER treatment than everyone else.
No wonder they chose to keep it a secret.
Here are the deals from AP:
The U.S. government chose not to impose other, routine restrictions.
In approving the $6.8 billion purchase, the administration chose not to require state-owned Dubai Ports World to keep copies of its business records on U.S. soil, where they would be subject to orders by American courts. It also did not require the company to designate an American citizen to accommodate requests by the government.
Outside legal experts said such obligations are routinely attached to U.S. approvals of foreign sales in other industries.
Read about the President’s brother’s scary Dubai pay-off.
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