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    US Company Plans $265M Spaceport in UAE ... rt_in_uae/

    U.S. company plans $265M spaceport in UAE
    February 18, 2006

    LOS ANGELES --A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates.

    The commercial spaceport would be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE government has made an initial investment of $30 million, the Arlington, Va.-based company said in a statement.

    The spaceport announcement comes on the heels of Space Adventures' new partnership with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights.

    The agreement between Space Adventures and the Texas-based venture capital firm Prodea would help finance suborbital vehicles being designed and built by the Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau.

    Space Adventures is best known for sending the first three space tourists to the orbiting international space station for a reported $20 million a person.

    Space Adventures' jump into the infant suborbital flight industry comes at a time when several companies already are designing spaceships to take paying passengers on short trips up into space and then back to Earth without circling the globe.

    Last December, British tycoon Richard Branson announced development of a $225 million spaceport in southern New Mexico, which will be the headquarters of Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism company.

    Virgin Galactic is contracting with Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites to develop a suborbital spaceship based on SpaceShipOne technology.

    Flying out of Mojave, Calif., SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, as the first privately financed manned rocket to reach space, then made two more flights later that year to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
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    Dang! I think it should be in Mexico. Who better to send: to the moon, Alice?
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    Good Lord!

    When this madness never cease?

    This from a friend. SHe is so great with words.

    Anyone who believes one word out of this mans mouth deserves what they get - lies lies lies.
    This man is not a bumbling fool - he is a very clever insider - set in place to screw things up and hold off the masses as long as possible. This is all a holding game - one meant to allow as much destruction as possible until THE BIG MOMENT when the One World Order takes over out in the open. We have a lot of these agents and Bush has seen to it that they remain in place. He purposely appoints the unqualified to positions so that there is nothing really done to slow the death train. "Good Job, Brownie."

    The day that Congress passed the law allowing foreign ownership of property in America was the big step in taking America down. I still have not located the year that happened - but am inclined to think it was the '60's or early 70's. That is the day the GARAGE SALE OF AMERICA began. It has been sold in bits and pieces ever since. ... xml&rpc=22

    Chertoff says Dubai port deal includes safeguards
    Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The homeland security chief said on Sunday a deal for a Dubai-based company to manage major U.S. ports would include security safeguards, but a Republican senator urged a probe and called the Bush administration "tone deaf politically" for approving it.

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the Bush administration had approved the sale of British firm P&O, which manages six U.S. ports including New York, to Dubai Ports World after a classified review and the deal would include safeguards to protect U.S. national security.

    "You can be assured that before a deal is approved we put safeguards in place, assurances in place, that make everybody comfortable that we are where we need to be from a national security viewpoint," Chertoff said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

    But Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said it was a mistake for the administration to approve the sale and called on Congress to investigate it.

    "It's unbelievably tone deaf politically at this point in our history, four years after 9/11, to entertain the idea of turning port security over to a company based in the UAE who avows to destroy Israel," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."

    "I don't think now is the time to outsource major port security to a foreign-based company," he said.

    Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, said she would support legislation to block foreign companies from buying port facilities.

    "I'm going to support legislation to say 'No more, No way.' We have to have American companies running our own ports ... Our infrastructure is at risk," she said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

    Last week, Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Hillary Clinton of New York, both Democrats, said they would offer legislation to ban companies owned or controlled by foreign governments from acquiring U.S. port operations.

    "No matter what steps the administration claims it has secretly taken, it is an unacceptable risk to turn control of our ports over to a foreign government," Menendez said in a statement.

    Some in Congress have expressed fears that the UAE was used as a conduit for parts used for nuclear proliferation and that the local banking system had been abused by financiers with possible links to terrorist organizations.

    The Bush administration, however, considers Dubai and the UAE a solid ally in its campaign against terrorism.

    The UAE company would control management of major ports in New York and New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami.

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a U.S. inter-agency panel that reviews security implications of foreign takeovers of strategic assets, reviewed the transaction and did not object.

    U.S. seaports handle 2 billion tons of freight each year. Only about 5 percent of containers are examined on arrival.

    The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold a hearing next week to examine concerns about the P&O sale and the U.S. government review process, a panel spokesman said.
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    The UAE has a lot of Indians and Pakistani guest workers. This is going to be operating with their labor as the number citizens of the UAE is small.

    I am making an observation not a value judgement.
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    That is exactly right, Richard. In addition, Egyptians, Jordanians, Eritreans and others go to the UAE to work. Those are going to be the people running our ports, not some rich oil sheik from UAE. And you can rest assured that they really won't have any supervision, either.
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