February 23, 2006, - 10:07 am

Something’s Rotten in Dubai: The Ports Deal, The President’s Bro, Homeland Non-Security & ICE

Something’s rotten in Dubai. And it’s not just the deal to control six of America’s ports.
The approval of has brought out a lot of security issues that should have been raised at least 4.5 years ago, after 9/11. But there are a lot of issues associated with this that HAVEN’T come to light.
First, there’s the President’s refusal to re-examine the deal, despite the fact that he admittedly didn’t know about it until the public furor. What you don’t know is about the President’s brother, Neil Bush, and his ties to Dubai.
I’m not saying the President’s brother had anything to do with this absurd deal. He probably did not. But we don’t know for sure, and even the appearance of impropriety is unacceptable in the War on Terror. Certainly, this is a huge conflict of interest. Does President Bush really want to give Michael Moore the grounds to make “”?

Neil Bush Speaks in Dubai to This Audience

Neil Bush with Datamatrix of Dubai’s CEO Ali Al-Kamali

Remember Billy Carter, Jimmy Carter’s brother, and his couple hundred-thousand dollars “loan” from Libya’s Muammar Ghaddafi?
If you liked Billy Carter, you’ll love Neil Bush. No beer products and advertising or redneck wit and wisdom. But the situation’s the same. Neil Bush is in bed with Dubai and its confederation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He’s getting money for it solely because he’s the President’s brother. And it’s disturbing.
Neil Bush is a frequent visitor to and paid speaker in Dubai, showing up there right after 9/11 trying to get investors for his failed Ignite! educational software company. While there, “[Neil] Bush held talks with Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum [DS: who now rules Dubai] and Information Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan on the ‘world economy in light of recent events, as well as higher education in universities,” Arab American Business reported. Bush was in Dubai so much that he e-mailed his wife of his desire for a divorce from his Dubai hotel room.
(Bush’s relationship with the Dubaian and UAE royals has a lot to do with his Syrian-American Ba’athist boss, Jamal Daniel, who paid him $60,000 a year for only a few hours work. Bush’s marriage to his second wife was held at Daniel’s palatial Houston mansion.)
At a Saudi speech, he encouraged conferees to expand lobbying and PR efforts to change “perceptions” about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. One wonders if the content is similar at his meetings and speeches in the Emirates. At least Billy Carter was a lot more aw-shucks honest. (“The only thing I can say is there is a hell of a lot more Arabians than there is Jews.”)
It’s not just Bush’s paid speaking engagements courtesy of Dubai’s Datamatrix. While Neil Bush is prominently displayed on the company’s website (and listed as “Brother of US President George Bush”), so are Clintonistas Al Gore and Sandy Berger (he of document pants-stuffing fame).
It’s also Neil Bush’s paid speeches to the Zayed Center, which was funded by UAE’s President, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, who recently died. As my friend, Rachel Lea Fish of The David Project, wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

Sheik Zayed also funds the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up, a prominent think tank of the Arab League, founded in 1999. The Zayed Center, described on its Web site “as the fulfillment of the vision of Sheikh Zayed,” promotes Holocaust denial, anti-American conspiracy theories and hate speech in its lectures, symposiums and publications.
In August 2002, the Los Angeles Times quoted Mohammed Murar, the executive director of the Zayed Center, saying about Jews that “the truth is they are the enemies of all nations.” His comment came on the heels of a Zayed Center report stating that “the Zionists are the people who killed the Jews in Europe.”
The Zayed Center has a history of giving Holocaust deniers like David Irving a forum to promulgate their ideas. In 1998, Sheik Zayed’s wife donated $50,000 to finance the defense of infamous Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy in a French court.
In April 2002, the Zayed Center hosted Thierry Meyssan, the French author of “The Appalling Fraud,” which claims that the U.S. military staged the 9/11 attacks. The center translated Mr. Meyssan’s book into Arabic, hailed its publication and widely advertised the work. A month later, Lyndon LaRouche, the fringe political figure who has made disparaging remarks about Judaism, was an honored guest. Just last month, the center hosted Umayma Jalahma, a professor of Islamic Studies at King Faisal University, who declared: “The Jewish people must obtain human blood so that their clerics can prepare for holiday pastries.”

It’s bad enough the President’s brother took money from this organization. It’s much worse that the confederation, whose leader funded, this despicable group will be rewarded with controlling OUR ports. This is what they think, and we are going to trust them with our valuable points of entry for goods?
Then, there is the Homeland Security hype in support of this deal. Homeland Security Secretary made the rounds of the Sunday political shows praising the deal and defending it. His predecessor, Tom Ridge, also touted the deal on FOX News. Ridge is the same man who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with John Ashcroft, taking away ALL terrorism investigations away from Homeland Security and giving them to the bureaucracy that bungled 9/11, the FBI.
Finally, there is the other problem with port ship and shipment investigations associated with the creation of Homeland Security and the reorganization of the former INS and U.S. Customs Service into ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). When two huge tasks that don’t jibe are foisted on one agency in a merger, as happened with ICE, one falls by the wayside. Since Immigration is now the primary–but far from diligently enforced–focus of ICE, former Customs investigations into smuggling from foreign countries has fallen by the way-side.
As ICE agents have pointed out, who will be investigating the ports controlled by Dubai? While Customs and Border Protection does inspections, the investigations are still supposed to be conducted by ICE. Don’t hold your breath for any degree of thoroughness for an agency already stretched to the limits and its budget for this year already spent. It doesn’t help that the unqualified , with no law enforcement experience–let alone Customs experience, is “running” ICE.
As one career ICE agent wrote,

I am at a loss to explain this administration’s blind allegiance to the Port takeover deal with a company owned by the Arab terrorist-supporting country of the United Arab Emirates. . . . I am amazed that Sec. Chertoff is blindly supporting this as well.
Doesn’t our military ships use these Ports??? For that reason alone this deal should be scrapped! Let alone the vulnerability to smuggle in weapons and contraband that will harm this country. What are they thinking????
Allowing the UAE to take over these important Ports is akin to allowing Michael Jackson to baby-sit your children, or allowing Bill Clinton to take your wife along on a business trip!!!!


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My prediction is that some videos from Dubai mosques inciting hatred and violence toward the West will turn up. There’s probably 1000s to choose from in the Dubai sermon DVD market.
Bungled Miers fiasco but he saved himself from that. Now this, it’s troubling. Why do we want to become so entwined with Muslims, our vital transportation infrastructure managed by state owned companies that are ruled by Muslims who certainly believe in the destiny of Islam, which, of course, is our wretched bondage or death. I don’t think Bush gets it – a Muslim can pretend to be your friend for your entire life and all the time be plotting and thinking regarding his interaction with you – will this help in Islam’s domination and control of the West (Dar al Harb.). He just cannot believe that the shieks of the UAE could think that. Just no way. I dare to say if you asked Bush to define taqiyya, he would not know what it is and ask ‘tequila?.’ I’ll take a bet on that one for a Franklin.

John Sobieski on February 22, 2006 at 10:04 pm

I have heard how the UAE company will have to respect U.S. laws in our ports. I have heard how the UAE companies have been very cooperative overseas.
Here’s the catch … the ships that leave those foreign ports don’t answer to our authority, or even the authority of the nations they depart from. The only ones who have complete control over the ships leaving those ports on their way to America is the UAE.
Why? … Because ‘money talks’… especially in those foreign ports. Or has everyone suddenly forgotten what 3rd World really means?
Even if 99.99999999% of all of the oil sheiks in the UAE are pro American, it only takes one filthy rich, anti-American oil sheik to coordinate a one time attack on all of the controled ports similtaneously.
It doesn’t take a nuke … a dirt bomb can work … a plague ship is better. Just shutting down those ports for even a month would do incredible harm to our economy.
The most revealing part of this little fiasco is that the Brits sold the port management to the UAE knowing full well what was going to happen. But, hey, they’ve already got the money and run.
So who is Bush protecting here? If the Brits act like that, then they’re sure as heck not our best allies, now are they?
I remember how the Brits used Carter in the Iranian connection … can the same now be said of ‘W’ ? Or is this a case of the ‘yaught club’ pedigree coming home to roost?
It’s one thing to go down in history as a lame duck … it’s another to go down in history as a silly goose … and a united Congress is going to cook his goose very publicly to preempt the impeachment.

Athling on February 22, 2006 at 11:05 pm

You are probably right, John. As for what you said about Muslims, John, I think that you have to be able to read their minds. Too many of them buy into “jihad,” an order from their idol and their so-called “prophet” to conquer the world.
Debbie, looks like Umayma Jalahma is pushing the old blood libel. Anyone with half a brain (or more) knows that blood is forbidden to Jews. We Americans have lived with Jews for over two hundred years and so far none of them have declared war on the West. They have been, for the most part, upstanding citizens. Many of them are doctors (some of the best) and other professionals, contributing to the welfare of society and humanity in general. Even those who are not so good (many of them are in Hollywood) are guilty of having good intentions (that’s how they contribute to our decline). I note that Jews have never come here to force their views on anyone (except those who embrace secularism, but any ACLU type fits that description). On the other hand, look at what the Muslims have done: war, hate, rape, destruction. Jews have contributed to medicine, research, education, and the general improvement of society. It’s in the religion. Judaism promotes life and freedom, Islam demands total submission. Need I continue?
I know that you are Jewish, but I would hold this view no matter what. It’s the TRUTH.
Neil Bush and Paris Hilton show that you don’t have to be a poor Southerner living in a trailer park to be white trash.

Loser on February 22, 2006 at 11:16 pm

Athling, the Brits have a history of being untrustworthy allies–except Margaret Thatcher and a few others. Some of them have supported Communists and others supported Nazis. One website details the anti-Semitism of the British press.

Loser on February 22, 2006 at 11:20 pm

Great job, Debbie. The more we learn the worse this deal begins to look. But if we cancel this deal it better not be perceived as simply bigotry, we have to cancel it for solid facts, and you are supplying more than enough to question the whole thing. Tell me again, “the highest people in our government checked this out from top to bottom and found it in the best interest of our country.” I don’t think the Republicans will survive this one.

Duke on February 23, 2006 at 6:02 am

Debbie, as you know I am a fan of yours and eager to support all the good work you’ve done and hopefully will continue to do.
But this is embarrassing. You should have restrained yourself. You’ve been teasing the Neil Bush item for days and I suppose you felt obligated to serve up something. This doesn’t even come close to one of the B-level horror scripts you’ve recently (and rightly) trashed.
You can’t even seem to convince yourself that there’s enough here to weave into a conspiracy. Today you are thoroughly unconvincing, specious, and extremely unhelpful. This is a bunch of loose innuendo and it has the unpleasant appearance of someone trying to reach for a little attention at the expense of facts, and sound reasoning.
Very. Disappointing.

SallyVee on February 23, 2006 at 8:01 am

I’ve thought about this over and over and I can’t help but deciding that for some inexplicable reason, GWB and company have come to the conclusion that it’s time for the Democrats to take over this country. What else could it be? No one is this politically stupid, even the most lame brained politico is not this dumb? The PR implications by themself make this a NO BRAINER!
I’ve totally supported Bush and the Republicans over the last 5 1/2 years, mainly because I think of the alternative. Kerry & company, oh god, save us. I firmly believe there are tons of people out there that think the same way, and that was the only reason Bush got re-elected. He was certainly not the sharpest knife in the Republican box, but with his incumbancy and the loser the Democrats picked to oppose him, there was really no other choice.
My biggest concern now is that he has so screwed up the conservative agenda, that it’s destroyed any good Republican candidate’s chances of over coming the distaste already implanted in the public’s brain.
These last two years, if he makes it that long, should be an interesting ride.

Richard on February 23, 2006 at 10:04 am

(Please experiment with something other than caps when responding – caps is hard to read. Try color change or surround with **** or something.)
I’m with Richard on this. I supported the Republicans quite a bit over the last few years and have pretty well given up because of immigration garbage (I live in Phx, AZ so it hits home to me). Now, I’m actually wishing we could start impeachment proceedings against Pres. Bush. If the Republicans did the initiating, he will know we’re VERY serious about this issue because he’d likely loose considering both parties are supportive of it.

Shannon on February 23, 2006 at 10:43 am

Debbie I think the only silver linig is that maybe in 50 years we won’t need oil from Arab countries. In that scenario they will all sink back into the sand and be the forgotten, useless pieces of shit they were meant to be.

shleppy on February 23, 2006 at 11:20 am

OK, I understand that there are issues with Neil Bush. I’m not sure how this links to the ports deal.
The other thing I keep hearing is that, yes the UAE has been an ally since 9/11, but before 9/11 they were at least permissive of terrorism. Well, not much prior to 9/11 Bill Clinton was president. Does that mean our country should be judged today based on our pre-9/11 stance? Should President Bush be judged based on Clinton. Abosolutely not.
Likewise, the UAE has been a good ally since 9/11. Including having a large U.S. airbase stationed in their country. If we want to foster a closer relationship with our allies, we cannot arbitrarily deny them business opportunities here in the U.S. This isn’t even a security deal, it is a port management deal. If the UAE is a main U.S. Mideast military sponsor, a close information ally (see clandestine flights of terror prisoners), and a public supporter of our war on terrorism, why should they be judged by their past?
This port management deal is a non-issue. Further arguments against it say that since some of the 9/11 conspirators came from or through the UAE, we should be cautious. Well, Timothy mcVeigh came from the United States, so by that logic, we shouldn’t allow management of our ports by the U.S. government either.
I’m all for ethnic profiling in the war on terror, but telling a foreign ally that they cannot do business with us because of their geographical location is not the way to win the hearts and minds in this war.
Maybe it’s just me, but telling a friend that we don’t want to do business with them because of theri ethnicity may not be the best way to preserve and foster that friendship.

mixina on February 23, 2006 at 11:25 am

The UAE is one of only three countries to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government. As we all know, Afghanistan was the training grounds for Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. This gives the UAE an indirect link to 9/11.
The UAE was used as a financial center by some of the 9/11 hijackers.
Two of the 9/11 hijackers themselves are from the UAE.
The UAE doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist.
The UAE is not a democratic country.
Dubai Ports World is a state-run business, so effectively, our ports are being purchased by the UAE monarchy-styled government.
The UAE has financial ties to Iran.
The UAE has been accused of aiding the Iraqi insurgency.
Any of the above should be enough to shut down this deal, read the whole article;

kevin on February 23, 2006 at 5:00 pm

When Khadafi (Lybia) was running ‘grand central station’ for international terrorism, Jimmie Carter sent his little brother ‘Billy’ to do business with Khadafi … and not one Dem stood up and shouted about it despite the oil embargoes, and the blackmail at the pumps.
Now we have a president who stands for Homeland Security, has been trying hard to get the American People to sign on all the way with it, then sends his little brother ‘Neil’ to do business with our good allies the UAE … and every Republican and Democrat in the land is on their feet screaming bloody murder.
What is the difference?
Real simple … this time we are at WAR … and our WAR is with ISLAM. Even if the politicians don’t seem to get this, the American People sure as heck do.
If Islam wants us to loosen up a bit, then they’d better get a leash on their own terrorists, slap down the clerics who start mob violence over cartoons, and convince us that they’re not all lunatics.
Islam’s guilt is obvious by the roaring silence when it comes to publicly denouncing their own thugs and murderers, even here in the US of A where we actually have freedom of speech.

Athling on February 23, 2006 at 6:04 pm

Loser …
Our good buddies, the Brits, were sending their own troops to Korea for that war, dropping their troops off in the south, and the same ships kept going north to drop off arms shipments they’d sold to the Commies.
They got caught and all hell broke loose.
A few years back, we had a problem with certain S. American counties that are lockstep with the drug cartels. We sent arms to our allies down there to deal with drug running across their borders, and the Brits sent arms, including tanks, to the ‘Cartel’ front.
And .. for the frosting on the cake … it was Sir Winston Churchill who stated that if Israel were to come back into existance, the very fact of that nation would threaten British interests in the region. And, for a fact, British troops were ordered to use means, any means, to curb Jewish migration following WW2.
It is in this very period that Queen Elisebeth II took a decidedly anti-Jewish stance, encouraging the elemination Jews from all levels of British goverment.
If anyone doubts this … think of the massacres in Ireland in the early “20th century”, and India “immediately after WW2”, and try to tell me they wouldn’t do it to the Jews.
My ancestors were English … but, bottom line … I’m a North American, not a European. And I’m trying real hard to figure out how our ports suddenly came under foreign control .. not just Arab control.
Last time I checked, we North Americans weren’t that low on IQ to need foreign assistance.
Who’s been selling us out behind closed doors???

Athling on February 23, 2006 at 6:31 pm

Where do you go
When your own government
Demands you surrender
Tells you to raise your hands
Threatens and punishes you
For being a freedom loving man
Where do you go
And who do you talk to
When they call it a conspiracy
If you say what is true
What do you do
And what does it take
When the sell out is from within
When the leadership goes fake
Where do you go
And what do you do
When it becomes against the law
To fight what is coming for you
When stealing your heritage
Isn’t even any longer disguised
When they look you in the face
And laugh handing you their lies
When are we allowed to resist
How do we address our own fate
When permission will only be granted
It’s too late
5:23 pm
transcribed this time
5:59 pm

neilsthepoet on February 23, 2006 at 6:59 pm

Bush has gone from a mediocre to absolutely horrible president. We have been so disgusted by the Left-wing America-hating morons and dangerous fifth columns in our country that most of us have not been keen enough to the fact that the Bush Administration is not really conservative and does not act in the country’s best interest. They are a circus of politically correct “conservatives” like Bush and people who would sell their own mothers up the river. Bush is impulsive, utopian, and oblivious to the fact that we are engaged in a clash of civilizations. Those things should only be reserved for the Left, but they seem to have infiltrated the Right as well.

KnightoftheImpaler on February 23, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Don’t blame me. I voted for McCain

militarywife on February 23, 2006 at 7:45 pm

I can’t believe some of you are so dense to not see why Neil Bush being paid by the UAB is an issue. It’s simple….INFLUENCE. Is it that hard to grasp? Unfortunately, it goes on all the time in government.
He’s the president’s BROTHER. Is it that hard to understand? Now, they are getting this port deal. Duh, 2 + 2, anyone? If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck…..?
Here’s another clue, we have NO Islamic allies. Not UAB, not Saudi Arabia, not any Islamic dominated country.
I am disgusted with President Bush, too. It seems he will do one great thing and then turn around and do 5 stupid things. It’s really beginning to add up, the runaway government spending, illegal immigration being ignored, this port issue, etc.

The_Man on February 23, 2006 at 8:10 pm

Fiddle duh duh..
My gramps once told me that just because it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck don’t mean it’s a duck.
Being about 7 at the time I was sort of confused. So I asked, “How can you tell if it’s a duck then, Grampa?”
“If it craps like a duck, then it’s a duck.” He replied.
I had to grow up before I understood what he meant.
If I vote republican, it has nothing to do with personality cults, or belonging to a cult. I vote on issues. If I see those issues violated, I call it the way I see it. And I don’t mind stating my disppointments.
Neither does Debbie.
Americans are funny that way.

Athling on February 24, 2006 at 12:36 am

I just discovered ur sight and i am gleaming! I am one happy pagan ! Thank god ur not blocked here in dubai..
hope to keep comming in daily
keep up the good work

g on February 24, 2006 at 2:14 am

Some excellent posts here, especially Kevin’s. The Bush administration has never been conservative. Conservatives believe in a small role for government, and this is the most intrusive administration since I’ve been alive. Conservatives believe in states rights, yet they trample on them at every chance (and the shameful vote by Roberts in the Oregon assisted suicide ruling shows that even he, a relatively reasonable man, is also a liar when it comes to states rights).
The only successes I can think of by this administration is the supreme court appointments. Social Security reform? Failure. Iraq? Failure. Taking heed of 9/11 warnings? Failure. Homeland Security department? Failure. Balancing the budget? Failure times 10.
Giving his donors free passes regardless of consequences? Success!

hqsbud on February 24, 2006 at 3:29 am

Debbie: Great job uncovering the reality of Neal’s connections.
While it is true that none of these connections in and of themselves are illegal, dubious or alarming if the person involved were someone other than the brother of the sitting President.
You do not have to be much of a student of the ME to know that family connections and tribal connections are paramount in virtually all transactions.
It is thus astounding that Neal has been given such a long leash.
How come?
Is it possible that the quality of the information flow from Neal back to W about Dubai, UAE and the ME generally is behind what is otherwise a very disturbing set of relationships particularly given the state of play post 9/11?
‘Trust and verify’ was the guide for Pres Reagan in dealing with the USSR – best we apply this maxim to the current situation as well.

Colin Nelson on February 24, 2006 at 10:50 am

Just as I said …
I caught a PBS recap on the Ports issue. The appologist for the administration did a swell job of outlining the security protocols … then blinked mid-sentence.
He conceded that there was NO control at the other end before the ships came to America, that there has been NO control, that they HOPE to establish tighter protocols sometime in the FUTURE … probably after they perfect Homeland Security … yeah, sure … etc.
This was a blatant admission that there is absolutely NO WAY to prevent UAE from becoming a terrorist conduit, even if they are the good guys. In fact, by establishing UAE in these ports, it insures the attention of the Jihadis … including the ones in their own ranks.
Did “W” take a stupid pill thinking he could sell this leperous white elephant to the American public?
Let’s watch Congress to see how many of them are going to try to tie a ribbon on this smelly beast.
I can’t wait to see how many re-electable politicians line up to be un-re-electable by embracing this one.

Athling on February 24, 2006 at 4:29 pm

there is now way any pres.of mine will allow an arab nation to be part of my homeland ports.

danny on February 24, 2006 at 6:39 pm

NO Fu..ing Way

danny on February 24, 2006 at 6:40 pm

hqsbud …
I’ve maintained that the Progressive Liberals, posing as Republicans, have done their best to undermine the Republican Party.
Funny how some republicans engage in political correctness even while the Libs sling mud, and worse.
I think it’s time to go back to Traditional (rowdy) American politics … shake the Tree of Liberty real good and watch the dead branches fall off.
I like my Right as rowdy as my Left 🙂

Athling on February 24, 2006 at 8:17 pm

While there’s been a great deal of hysterical yelling about this Dubai business, most of it seems to have consisted of misinformation. The Arabs aren’t buying the U.S. ports, as some seem to believe. The sky isn’t falling. All security will continue to be handled by the U.S., just as it always has been. This whole thing isn’t really even news; it was all announced last November. The worst thing about it is that the White House PR has (again!) not been up to doing its job. For a much more sensible, non-hysterical commentary on this topic, see Oliver North’s column at http://www.redstatesusa.com/archives/2006/02/misunderestimat.html

Neil H. on February 26, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Great article.
i had to mirror it at
here it is…
UAE Dubai: The Ports Deal Neil Bush connections Homeland Security ICE

911review on March 2, 2006 at 2:34 am

Debbie, you are becoming a force to be reckoned with, and a constant source of information that is unknown and needs to be made public. Please keep up the good work and thank you.

lindaR on March 10, 2006 at 8:14 am

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