Saddam Hussein's nuke scientist linked to U.S. shipping terminal... Obama approved!
It sounds like one of those crazy Internet rumors you need to double-check with the fact-checking websites, but it’s not. It’s real.
One of America’s busiest cargo shipping ports has been quietly turned over to a United Arab Emirates-based company whose chairman is none other than the brother of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s top nuclear scientist.
Remember the 2006 Dubai ports deal? There was a major controversy in the U.S. when six major U.S. seaports were sold to a UAE company, raising national security concerns about port security.
But nary a peep has been raised by a similar deal, secretly negotiated by the Obama administration, that turned over a Port Canaveral terminal to UAE-based Gulftainer, a company whose principals include Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, who has been called the Middle East’s foremost uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons production expert, and his brother Hamid Jafar, a wealthy Iraqi oilman and chairman of the Crescent Group.
Crescent is the parent company of Gulftainer, which acquired a 35-year lease from Port Canaveral on the Florida coast in June 2014.
Unlike the Dubai ports deal a decade ago, this one got no media coverage and little scrutiny by Congress.
To make sure a full security review wasn’t required, Barack Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew suggested a 35-year lease rather than a purchase.
“What could possibly go wrong with giving control of a critical port to a company like that?” asked Frank Gaffney, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration.
He told WND, “It’s shocking, but it’s just an example of what can go wrong if nobody is paying attention.”
It’s not as though no questions were raised.
The deal was vetted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Maritime Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard. Only one member of Congress made an effort to further investigate the Port Canaveral deal.