Port Security Debate is Racist

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I’m really pissed off at our government and surprised at how open-minded our president is being (although I suspect he’s not really being open-minded. I suspect that there are other, monetary or political forces at work here). You’ve probably all heard that Bush is backing the sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned firm in Dubai and that pretty much everyone else in our government thinks it’s a horrible idea. The predominant argument coming from, well, everyone, is that it’s a security risk because Dubai is part of the United Arab Emerites (two of the 9/11 terrorists and some of the funding for the attack came from the UAE).

Let me make this crystal fucking clear: that’s racism. That’s racial profiling. Our government is basically saying that all Arabs can’t be trusted because a minority of them turned out to be terrorists.

I understand that security is a concern, but as security-guru Bruce Schneier points out, “trust comes through transparency and openness,” and, “the solution is openness.”

Thomas Jefferson said it best back in 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

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  1. My biggest question in this whole port thing is: Why is it acceptable for any foreign country whether precieved as freind or foe to own and run major port operations? They were fine with the British they should be fine with the UAE.

  2. Lindy

    I think my biggest problem is the fact that yet again we are making OUR unemployment problem worse. Yes, we can get into a debate at how US workers have no work ethic but come-on, how many jobs are we going to take away for our citizens before we have another unemployment depression on our hands? Let’s stop liberating other countries and start spending those billions on better teachers, better schools and better jobs for better workers!

  3. Good point, Lindy. Why are we spending billions to “help” other countries when we’re spread so thin here at home? Is there a legitimate reason for our troops to be in Iraq? Is there a scientific reason for sending a man to mars? Why are we pissing away money on pointless endeavors just so Bush can make the history books when there are U.S. citizens who are homeless, jobless, and in poor health. Maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t try to help other countries when we can’t even help ourselves.

  4. Tom

    Just out of curiousity, what is the percentage of shipments that is actually screened headed in and out of our ports? last I heard was 5%. Tell me this is just a “Liberal Media” scare tactic. Please?

  5. 1. All men are not created equal. Some are stronger than others, some are smarter than others, braver, more trustworthy, harder workers than others. This isn’t an argument.

    2. The public education system in America is a monopoly. No matter how much money you throw at it, it’s not going to get any better. Generally speaking, throwing money at a problem makes it worse. You want better schools and better teachers? Get rid of public education. Take the money the goverment is already spending on each student and let it follow that student to whichever private school they want to attend. Let schools compete for students to get funding.

    3. Bush is pissing away money because he wants to be Ronald Reagan II.

    4. There are no legitimate reasons for troops in Iraq, men on mars, or an embargo on Cuba. But try convincing the American public that.

  6. You do realize that when Thomas Jefferson wrote those words, he was referring to white males right?

  7. Yeah, but I work for FOX, so I can take things out of context, right? -)

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