Friday, March 24, 2006

U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Co. to Scan Nukes - Yahoo! News

Mark Levin, on his radio program, pointed out that this article is slightly misleading. In fact, the Bahamians are the ones doing the hiring, but naturally the USA has to pass on it. Under this deal, cargo ships will stop at the Bahamian port city of Freeport and have their containers scanned, in-port, for radiation. The company that will now handle the scanning is Hutchison-Whampoa, the infamous Hong Kong firm that was involved in the Long Beach port fiasco. (In case you missed it, Hong Kong is now part of the People's Republic of China.)

Two things wrong with this deal:

  1. You don't scan for a nuclear device in port! You scan for that at sea, if you don't want the device to go off in the port and take out the city with it.
  2. Here we go again, trusting a foreign company to handle a security matter--and this time it's the ChiComs!
I have already alerted frequent readers about an American firm, Allied International Development, that proposes to build three floating islands, twenty-five nautical miles offshore, where crews will scan all containers and all ships for radiation and for signs of chemical or biological contraband. That is the most sensible solution that anyone has invented. Why, then, is the Bush administration signing off on a deal with Hutchison-Whampoa? And to do the inspection in port?

Surprisingly, WorldNetDaily missed this. I tip my hat to Mark Levin for mentioning it first. (He doesn't seem to know about Mr. Pfriender and his floating-islands proposal.) And, like Mark Levin, I'm already waiting to hear the excuses.

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