Port security legislation still looms after Dubai company withdrawal from deal Bernard Hibbitts at 11:17 AM ET
[JURIST] New legislation aimed at improving security at American ports remained very much on the policy agenda of Republican and Democratic lawmakers Friday even in the wake of an announcement [JURIST report] from United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World [corporate website], read out by Sen. John Warner on the Senate floor Thursday, that it would transfer its newly-acquired operating rights over six US ports to a US firm, effectively avoiding further political controversy [JURIST new archive] and a legislative confrontation [JURIST report] between the Congress and President Bush. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters that "The problem of the political moment has passed, but the problem of adequate port security still looms large," while Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) noted in a press statement that "There are gaping holes in cargo and port security that need to be plugged." AP has more.
Meanwhile TIME magazine has reported that another Dubai-owned firm - Inchcape Shipping Services [corporate website] - provides piloting, tug and stevedoring services in 12 US ports as well as security services to the US Navy.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.