Smerconish has posted the pertinent passages from pages 137 - 139 of the report on his website his Must Read of the Day. I don't know how long it will be available at this link, so check it out now. You can buy a copy of the 9/11 Commission Report pretty cheaply, either at your local bookstore or from Amazon.com. Oh, and here is the big money question: Why am I hearing about this from a radio host as opposed to one of my elected officials?! Why hasn't a member of the 9/11 Commission come forward to denounce the Dubai Ports deal!?
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Why Dubai Ports 'Deal' is So Bad: U.A.E. and the 9/11 Commission Report
Holy Crap! Via Michael Smerconish's radio program this morning, I have heard yet one more thing that makes the Dubai Ports deal sound absolutely lousy. Apparently, in 1999 (one year after Bin Ladin's fatwah against Americans, but plenty of time before the 9/11 attacks) U.S. agents were tracking Bin Ladin in Afghanistan. But they were hampered in their efforts to nail him because he was hanging with "an Emirati prince or other senior [U.A.E.] officials" and the agents were worried about killing or injuring a UAE representative or causing other "collateral damage." That info is lifted directly from the report. Smerconish simply wondered if the UAE warranted a mention, so he flipped to the index in his copy of the 9/11 Commission Report. And he found several citings to point to page 138. From the report: