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Shouldn’t The Dhs Secretary Have Known About The Port Deal?

From the Washington Times:

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was not aware a Dubai-owned company was seeking to operate terminals in six U.S. ports and that his agency was leading the review until after the deal’s approval, an administration official said yesterday. ..

…Mr. Chertoff is the third Cabinet official to acknowledge he did not know his agency had signed off on the plan as a member of the interagency Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS). Both Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Treasury Secretary John W. Snow have publicly said they were unaware of the deal.

But Mr. Chertoff’s exclusion is more noteworthy because his department headed the CFIUS review and is in charge of security at all U.S. ports.

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