Gaffney: Port purchases by enemies not much ado about nothing

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Chad Groening, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

shipping freighter at portA national defense analyst is calling on President Trump to intervene in a transaction that gives control of another vital U.S. port to questionable foreign interests.

Gulftainer is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is co-owned by the Emir of Sharjah, UAE, and the brother of Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, who was Saddam Hussein's top nuclear scientist. In 2014, the Obama administration allowed Gulftainer to obtain a 35-year lease to operate the cargo container terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida – effectively permitting the company to position itself only a few thousand feet from U.S. Navy Trident submarines at Port Canaveral and within sight of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (See earlier report from OneNewsNow)

Now embedded amidst America's most sensitive space, naval submarine, and Air Force defense installations, Gulftainer is poised to take over the port container operation of Wilmington, Delaware under a 50-year lease agreement with the state.

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Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, says it's "the height of folly" for the U.S. to be allowing foreign entities to be managing that 308-acre marine terminal. "And if they're not trustworthy, this is simply insane," he adds.

The Port of Wilmington handles between five and seven million tons of cargo annually but has been losing money "for some time," reports the Maritime Executive, and has been subsidized by the state to the tune of $15 million per year.

Gulftainer, Gaffney argues, is essentially looking for a new "beachhead," this time equidistant from New York City and Washington, DC, to continue its penetration of America's coastal security. "It's an invitation to enemies of this country to take advantage of that situation in a way that could be very, very dangerous for the American people," he warns.

Gaffney – along with Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-California) and Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirrohas called on President Trump to put a stop to the Gulftainer-Wilmington deal. "I think the president has it within his ability to exercise emergency powers if necessary to terminate a deal that is clearly a threat to public safety and national security," states Gaffney.

Club-K containerAccording to Congressman Hunter, "Club-K" containers could potentially make their way past port security measures and onto the Wilmington facility. According to a November 2017 report from Gaffney's group, Club-K containers look identical to the standard 40-foot ocean containers that are transported by ships, offloaded at cargo container facilities, then transported by a train or semi-trucks by the millions around the globe. However, inside each Club-K container are four cruise missiles which can rise up and be launched on-site or remotely. The cruise missiles can carry biological, chemical, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), nuclear, or conventional payloads in their nose cone.

Last month, OneNewsNow reported that a Chinese government-owned shipping company is attempting to buy out a Hong Kong-based container company that operates part of the port in Long Beach, California. Military bases in that region include Camp Pendleton, Edwards Air Force Base, and numerous naval air stations in the San Diego area.

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