In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush administration is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere.
The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without American customs agents present. [emphasis added]
This is not like the Dubai ports deal, where terrorists who might get nukes might be able to infiltrate the company handling ports. This is a country, a communist dictatorship with nukes, now in charge of our port security, specifically in charge of detecting nukes.
Josh Marshall remembers that in the 1990s Republicans were so concerned that “Trent Lott went so far as to call Hutchison “an arm of the People’s Liberation Army.” (In fact, Lott was correct.) And now they’re giving them CONTROL over detecting whether a nuke is being sneaked into our country.