Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Dubai Today or Who's Minding the Port?

This was first going to be a reply to my recent post on the whole DPW port deal but after catching a show on satellite tonight, things changed. I will say thank you to Mike, The Mary Hunter, and I guess AndyJ for the kind words on previous post.

Discovery Channel I think it was covered port security and the terrorist threat tonight. I apologize for not remembering the channel, I am just glad I was able to focus on the story. :)

After 911 the Italians intercepted an Egyptian living in a CONEX with cell-phone, bed, and even an aircraft mechanic's certificate. They called him Container Bob and as soon as he posted bail vanished. Then there were the two Arabs who hid behind a false bulkhead in a CONEX, snuck through Israeli security, got into the port of Aschelon, and then short of their target detonated killing a few Israelis while exposing their method of attack.

As for current US security measures, the show talked about them also. Now a ship has to radio in 96 hours prior to landfall and among the things they must provide are the last ten ports visited. If authorities find a questionable port listed, then that ship can face a more thorough investigation. Also each ship must now have painted on it an ID number that can be seen from the air, stern, or each side to try and prevent multiple ships with the same name.

The drug wars have been beneficial to the port of Miami. They have sensors deployed to detect strange underwater movements. Since some narco-smugglers have been known to weld bulges to ship bottoms to sneak in drugs; the dive teams, which conduct almost daily ship/dock inspections, look for them just in case instead of cocaine there are explosives smuggled in.

As for the weapons of mass destruction that has everyone nervous, Los Alamos has developed what is called the nuclear truck-wash. Run CONEX containers between the sensor posts and 95% of the time it will ping on even minute amounts of radioactivity. There is also talk of putting an aircraft style 'black box' in each CONEX to record everything that happens to the CONEX, estimated cost of each box? $500 was quoted.

So while Rep. Hunter evinces the voice of another generation that wanted the United States to isolate itself from the world and Sen. Clinton uses the ruckus in her cynical ploy for the Presidency in 2008; there is progress being made in defending the ports.

Will these efforts be enough to save the United States from a CONEX with a nuke? Maybe, but at least there is progress and that must always go forward because the bad guys will be thinking of new methods also. Like the cocaine cartels of Colombia trying to use a submerged barge to sneak cocaine north pops readily to mind. But to not try to secure the ports will invite disaster to visit the American shores. As one expert in the show mentioned, one CONEX bomb and the whole world stops because so much travels via ship.

Post script: spellchecker does not have 'nuke' in its dictionary? Strange.


Anonymous said...

Believe it or not? (excuse spelling)
Ultimatly Harari was assassinated for stealing over a billion dollars while brokering an opium deal in the mid 1990’s. It all goes back to the early 90’s when Uday Hussein commissioned more than a billion dollars of opium for Iraqi hospitals that were in dire need of supplies including painkillers. The opium was to be provided by Bin Laden’s contacts in Afganistan. One of the two middlemen was Harari. The other remains unnamed. The deal was, oil from Iraq was to be sold under another company to pay for opium from Afganistan and Pakastan to be shipped back to Iraq.. Of course the details of the deal are complex and involve subverting trade sanctions.

Iraq needed medicine but had no world currency. Bin Laden had opium connections that needed money for their causes. Harari was a businessman who wanted to money from the deal. Uday Hussein wanted to save his people but got greedy.

Uday got the idea to make more money and get revenge for the suffering of his people by selling the raw opium as heroine in America and Europe. Harari kept the billion plus dollars and blamed the unnamed broker for the theft of Osama’s product.

Needless to say Osama didn’t get paid and blamed his contact for the deal who was believed to have been associated with Wall Street and the World Trade Center. Uday sold the heroine to kids in America and Europe. Harari built up his construction company and became prime minister. The people of Iraq never got the help they needed. Uday and his family got rich. The unnamed middleman went into hiding until the world trade center was destroyed and Saddam’s reign was toppled.

That’s why the World Trade Center was destroyed. That’s why Harari was assassinated and that’s why Al qaeda is on the war path. They realized that they had been cheated. Do the math it all adds up. There are only three people alive who know the truth. And it’s time for the Truth To Be Told. Honor Amongst Thebes. Check out the Video!!! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5838687709990490482&q=seket

Anna said...

I, being a concientious researcher, looked up Hariri via Google News and MSNBC News search engines. Used such search terms as Hariri drugs, Hariri opium, Hariri Uday, Hariri Uday drugs, and Hariri Uday opium.

The only hits I got were in relation to Lebanese government authorities investigating security personnel in relation to Hariri's assasination amidst other money laundering schemes that did involve drugs. Both Google and MSNBC turned up exactly one article. Neither turned up any news reports linking Hariri with Uday.

So anonymous, whatever opiate you are taking please share with Usama so he too can get bombed. You have some serious stuff there.