Monday, February 13, 2006

I'll be scheduling a brain scan now.....

Yesterday I disagreed with Bil Kristol and now today................

I think I agree with Chuck Schumer. As a matter of fact.......I think I'm as worried as he is about this. I don't have all the facts yet. I caught the Senator on Fox & Friends, but only the tail end. He was saying that Dubai Ports is about to buy several ports in the U.S. including New York. This would put them in charge of security.

I have to so some more surfing before I say anything more.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dubai Ports are very effeicent at running seaports. My guess is this might involve the UK company I think they just bought. It is called P&O. Not sure though. It sure is going to get interesting.

BostonMaggie said...

Yes I read all that. Man, Southie, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck! But don't you agree that they shouldn't be in charge of security?

Anonymous said...

No they should not be in charge of security. I don't see the PONY giving that up to a foreign organization. Before people go jumping off the deep end I'd like to have more complete infoprmation on what the agreements "to run" the ports entails.

BostonMaggie said...

Am I in trouble for the last comment? The girls think it sounded snippy.

Anonymous said...

It's possible.

BostonMaggie said...

Excellent!!!!!!!

BillT said...

As far as NYC goes, you'd be dealing with a government agency whose directors are appointed by two different states--New York and New Jersey. Each state hires--separately--the security and police personnel which will be operating within its borders and harborage areas.

First kicker. If PONY-NJ ever hired a foreign firm--particularly one from the Middle East--to run security, the directors would be out on the streets before the ink was dry on the contracts, because the political repercussions would fall right in each governor's lap. Can you imagine the field day the opposition would have with the announcement that the safety and security of anyone using a tunnel or a bridge in NYC depended on the employees of a Muslim firm?

Second kicker. There are more union jobs involved with security in the ports than there are pine trees in Maine. The leadership may be composed of political hacks, but the rank-and-file were the ones who lost friends and co-workers when the Towers fell. Imagine a thousand Irish cops being told that the new Police Commissioner was the direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell...

billt said...

In other words, the headlines in every newspaper in the Tri-State area down this way will read, "Br'er Fox, Here's the Key to the Henhouse"...

BostonMaggie said...

Thanks Cheif, I feel better. So why are Schumer's panties in a bunch? I thought only Republicans played the fear card.