Wednesday, February 22, 2006

An Open Letter To The U.S. Congress

Dear Senators and Congressional Representatives:

Please oppose the Dubai Port Deal.

The administration has given Dubai Ports World, owned by the United Arab Emirate of Dubai, a $6.8 billion deal through which they will control six of our largest and most crucial ports: New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. Only a flimsy investigation and weak "good faith" agreements guarantee that this company will - or can - stop Osama bin Laden operatives from infiltrating its workforce.

Given that the United Arab Emirates gave the Taliban refuge and is suspected as having been a transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya, this is an astonishing move. As Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. told "Fox News Sunday":

"It's unbelievably tone-deaf politically at this point in our history, four years after 9/11, to entertain the idea of turning port security over to a company based in the UAE, (which) vows to destroy Israel."

Senator. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., demanded that President Bush personally intervene.

"The President must act," he said at a news conference with New York Harbor as a backdrop. "Outsourcing the operations of our largest ports to a country with long involvement in terrorism is a homeland security accident waiting to happen."

I'm sure you agree that America does not need another terror attack.

Yet if President Bush continues to defend this sale it will suggest that all his talk about defending and protecting us has been mere political rhetoric.

Surely anyone can see that it is a travesty for him to claim that the job of preventing terrorism gives him authority to torture, spy on Americans and use war powers against us while, at the same time, he advocates creating a way for terrorists to gain access to six of our major cities.

I look to you as a voice of reason. Please remember the horror of 9/11 and all those who lost their loved ones. This deal is not worth the risk of going through that again.

The American people do not deserve that.

I trust that God will guide you in protecting our country and your constituency by helping you to undo this deal.

God Bless You Always,

Clyo Beck
Let the people renew their strength! Let them come near; then let them speak; Let us come near together...and everyone helped his neighbor, and said to his brother, "Be of good courage." Isaiah 41:1,6


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