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    Anti Arabism Now at a Port Near You www.adc.org Washington, DC, February 21, 2006—The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is concerned by
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      Anti Arabism Now at a Port Near You

      Washington, DC, February 21, 2006—The American-Arab
      Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is concerned by controversy
      surrounding the acquisition of the London-based company, Peninsular
      and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O), by Thunder FZE, a subsidiary
      of the UAE-based Dubai World Ports (DP World).

      The White House, the National Security Council, Department of Homeland
      Security, and the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign
      Investments have all agreed with the $6.8 billion sale. According to
      reports, DP World also won approval from the Committee on Foreign
      Investment in the US (CFIUS), which is a US government panel with
      representatives from 12 agencies. CFIUS assesses security risks
      associated with foreign companies buying or investing in the US. CFIUS
      said in a statement, they "thoroughly reviewed the potential
      transaction and concluded they had no objection."

      ADC President Mary Rose Oakar said, "ADC fully supports all measures
      to keep our country secure and DP World has received clearance from
      the highest levels of government to operate here in the US. ADC is
      strongly opposed to the rhetoric and bias surrounding the company
      solely because it is Arab owned. Those who purport that ports can be
      securely run by a British company, but not an Arab one, are engaging
      in racial profiling on the corporate level."

      As it currently stands, P&O, the fourth largest ports company in the
      world, has been running major commercial operations at ports located
      in Baltimore, Miami, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, and
      Philadelphia. With the recent acquisition, barring any unforeseen
      legislation, DP World will takeover this role, making it one of the
      three largest port operators in the world, with a presence in Germany,
      Australia, Hong Kong, and many other ports.

      However, neither P&O nor DP World, or any other port company
      determines or sets standards for security in the US; these are
      determined by the US government. All port owners must abide by the
      Maritime Transportation Security Act, passed by Congress in 2002 and
      the International Ship and Port Facility Security codes enacted in
      2004. Both sets of security measures are enforced in the US by the US
      Customs and Border Protection (CBP) which is the unified border agency
      within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP combines the
      inspectional workforces and broad border authorities of US Customs, US
      Immigration, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the entire
      US Border Patrol. Furthermore, CBP works to keep cargo safe through
      its "Container Security Initiative" whereby cargo containers destined
      for the US are inspected and pre-screened by CBP officers in that
      country. The UAE signed onto CBP's "Container Security Initiative" in
      December 2004.



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