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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Separation Of Ports And State

The real issue is not whether or not a company (Dubai Ports World) owned by a foreign government should be entrusted with running some terminals at some East Coast ports. As Sheldon Richman points out, the real issue is whether government should be entrusted with providing security at the ports!

Here's an excerpt from Sheldon Richman's article, "Imperial Troubles", posted today at http://www.fff.org/comment/com0603a.asp:

It is worth mentioning that knowledgeable people say that port security is a problem no matter who is managing the terminals. No surprise here: who’s in charge of port security? The federal government. And who owns the ports? Local governments and government-created authorities. No wonder the ports are insecure. Can you imagine a private profit-seeking company leaving itself vulnerable to terrorism? This suggests a way out of the port problem: privatize them.

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