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February 28, 2006

Interesting how *this* spins.

Drudge teases: COAST GUARD RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT PORTS DEAL...

Indeed, the Coast Guard appears to have done just that.

Feb 27, 4:03 PM (ET)

By LIZ SIDOTI

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing broad gaps in U.S. intelligence, the Coast Guard cautioned the Bush administration that it was unable to determine whether a United Arab Emirates-owned company might support terrorist operations, a Senate panel said Monday.

Indeed.

But - as the article points out - the gaps apply to both Dubai Ports World... *and* the incumbent, P&O Steamship Company.

"There are many intelligence gaps, concerning the potential for DPW or P&O assets to support terrorist operations, that precludes an overall threat assessment of the potential" merger," an undated Coast Guard intelligence assessment says.

Senator Collins notes this:

"This report suggests there were significant and troubling intelligence gaps," said Collins, R-Maine. "That language is very troubling to me."

Wonder which way *she* leans on the NSA Program...

Well, at least we're starting to get where *I'd* like the focus to go - not on the flipping DPW's ownership - but just how good is federal, state, and local oversight of the security issues - and if they are inadequate, will this President ask for the resources to make them sufficient, and will this Congress allow the intelligence agencies to "bridge those gaps?"

Read the whole thing here.

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