Tuesday, February 14, 2006
AFP: Schumer questions outsourcing of port security
NEW YORK (AFP) - US senator Chuck Schumer, right, expressed concern about a takeover deal giving a Dubai company control of operations at six US ports, including New York.
Senator Schumer, a New York Democrat, told Fox News Channel he had strong reservations about the deal in which the British port and ferries group Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company approved a takeover bid by DP World of Dubai.
"Should we be outsourcing our own security?" Schumer said.
"We have to have hands-on control of things. And to have United Arab Emirates -- I mean, they are a country that's allied with the US, but at the same time a whole bunch of the (September 11) hijackers came from the United Arab Emirates."
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