Port Security -- and Reciprocity

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I'd like to make two points regarding the issue of a foreign company taking over operations of U.S. ports ["Lawmakers Deride Assurances on Arab Port Firm," news story, Feb. 20]:

· Would the foreign country that would gain an interest in U.S. ports allow a U.S. company to have a similar arrangement for one of its home ports? Or would that country deem its ports part of national or security interests and disallow foreign ownership, investment or operation?

· If the concern is the U.S. national and security interest, considering the tremendous cost of the war on terrorism and the expense of having a Department of Homeland Security, perhaps it would be in the best interest of security for the federal government to own and operate the ports through a federal agency or through a federal contract for port operations.

JEFFREY KERN

Washington


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