Port Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Coast Guard report that warned of "intelligence gaps" has some lawmakers wondering whether the controversial ports deal was adequately investigated.

The report says there was no way to determine if Dubai Ports World, which wants to buy some operations at six U-S ports, might support terrorist operations.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins says
she's convinced the process "was truly flawed." She says it seems
there was a "rush to judgement."

Administration officials told the committee the Coast Guard's concerns were raised during its review of the deal, and were subsequently resolved.

The officials also defended their decision not to trigger a 45-day review of national security implications of the deal after their initial review.

The deal will now undergo a second review at the request of Dubai Ports World that will investigate the potential security risks.


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