Secret Deal for Mid-East Company to Operate Port Terminal in Florida

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Port Canaveral

Sharjah, a UAE Port Operator, has acquired a 35-year concession at Port Canaveral, Florida, pictured above, near one of our naval bases. They will operate a container and multi-purpose cargo terminal. The administration did not conduct a full national security review as a condition of the deal.

Diane Sori has an article on the Dryer Report titled, “Selling off control of America one piece at a time”, about the recent $100 million concession awarded to Gulftainer with more details.

At least Al Qaeda is on the run and we don’t have to worry about them any longer.

The deal was signed the end of June. This information was kept from the public. Until late June, port officials referred to the company publicly as “Project Pelican.”

In the Middle East, Gulftainer operates out of Libya, the UAE, Syria, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan. They also operate outside of the Middle East including Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan et al. Nothing to worry about there.

The contract promises to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in business to Florida so the sellout didn’t come cheap.

Gulftainer has agreed to invest $100 million in infrastructure, equipment and personnel. The company expects to hire 95 percent of its staff from Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who oversees port security as chairman of the House Transportation’s maritime transportation subcommittee, demanded that the Obama administration conduct a full national security review of the decision in a July 29 letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

“It is my understanding that the agreement marks the first time a Middle Eastern company will fully operate a U.S. cargo terminal,” the letter said.

The letter said the review “is not for the purpose of immediately terminating the agreement but rather making the appropriate determinations in the interest of U.S. national security. This should be the case for all investments in which foreign investors acquire or gain operational control of critical U.S. infrastructure used in international trade.”

“It is critical that — before this agreement proceed — [the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] determines whether a terminal operation agreement with Gulftainer presents any risk or impact to U.S. national security,”

In 2006, several U.S. port operations were purchased by Dubai Ports World. President George Bush fully supported allowing Middle East allies to conduct business in U.S. ports. Dubai Ports World sold its interest in the U.S. ports shortly after it bought them due to fierce congressional opposition.

Where is the opposition now?

Security will continue to be operated by Port Authority.

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