02/23/2006 10:38 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Coming to a Port Near You--where Dubya stands for Dubai

Dear President Bush,

As a citizen concerned with your latest illogical decision to outsource America's critical infrastructure to a nation with established terrorist ties, I implore you to recognize that the Dubai Deal will have lasting negative effects on our country's internal security. I suggest you reconsider your latest bad decision. Here are some facts and statements that perhaps you need to review.


Recognize those words, Mr. President? You should, because you uttered them immediately after the 9/11 attacks. And, that's why I now question your recent approval of the outsourcing of our port security to an Arab nation that funded the 9/11 hijackers.

Need proof of the financial assistance provided by the UAE to the 9/11 hijackers? Then, perhaps, you should review the Moussaoui indictment laid out by the United States Justice Department. And first, remember that Moussaoui is the ONLY terrorist that we are currently "bringing to justice" (since you have yet to capture Bin Laden "dead or alive"). And, hopefully with all your recent arrogant, assumed Absolute Executive Powers, you might even persuade Attorney General Gonzales (you know, the guy who runs the Justice Department) to actually read the Moussaoui indictment, as well, since he also thinks this Dubai Deal passes the smell test.

Specifically, you and Gonzales should read the following counts in the Moussaoui indictment:

21. On or about June 29, 2000, $4,790 was wired from the United Arab Emirates ("UAE") to Marwan al-Shehhi (#175) in Manhattan.

22. On or about July 19, 2000, $9,985 was wired from UAE into a Florida SunTrust bank account in the names of Mohammed Atta (#11) and Marwan al-Shehhi (#175).

24. On or about August 7, 2000, $9,485 was wired from UAE into a Florida SunTrust bank account in the names of Mohammed Atta (#11) and Marwan al-Shehhi (#175).

25. On or about August 30, 2000, $19,985 was wired from UAE into a Florida SunTrust bank account in the names of Mohammed Atta (#11) and Marwan al-Shehhi (#175).

26. On or about September 18, 2000, $69,985 was wired from UAE into a Florida SunTrust bank account in the names of Mohamed Atta (#11) and Marwan al-Shehhi (#175).

61. On July 18, 2001, Fayez Ahmed (#175) gave power of attorney to Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi for Fayez Ahmed's Standard Chartered Bank accounts in UAE.

62. On July 18, 2001, using his power of attorney, Al-Hawsawi picked up Fayez Ahmed's VISA and ATM cards in UAE.

63. Between July 18 and August 1, 2001, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi caused Fayez Ahmed's VISA and ATM cards to be shipped from UAE to Fayez Ahmed in Florida. (The VISA card was then used for the first time on August 1, 2001, in Florida.) Jarrah (#93) Travels to Germany

66. On or about July 30 and 31, 2001, in Hamburg, Germany, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, using the name "Ahad Sabet," received two wire transfers, totaling approximately $15,000, from "Hashim Abdulrahman" in UAE.

76. On or about August 22, 2001, Fayez Ahmed (#175) used his VISA card in Florida to obtain approximately $4,900 cash, which had been deposited into his Standard Chartered Bank account in UAE the day before.

87. On or about September 3, 2001, in Hamburg, Germany, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, using the name "Ahad Sabet," received approximately $1500 by wire transfer from "Hashim Ahmed" in UAE.

88. On or about September 4, 2001, Mohammed Atta (#11) sent a FedEx package from Florida to UAE.

90. On or about September 6, 2001, Satam al-Suqami (#11) and Abdulaziz Alomari (#11) flew from Florida to Boston. The Hijackers Return Excess Money to Al-Hawsawi in UAE.

92. On or about September 8, 2001, an Arab male retrieved the package from Mohammed Atta (#11) at FedEx in Dubai, UAE.

93. On September 8, 2001, Mohammed Atta (#11) wired $2,860 to "Mustafa Ahmed" in UAE.

94. On September 8, 2001, Mohammed Atta (#11) wired $5,000 to "Mustafa Ahmed" in UAE.

95. On September 9, 2001, Waleed M. al-Shehri (#11) wired $5,000 to "Ahamad Mustafa" in UAE.

96. On September 10, 2001, Marwan al-Shehhi (#175) wired $5,400 to "Mustafa Ahmad" in UAE.

97. On September 11, 2001, in UAE, approximately $16,348 was deposited into Al-Hawsawi's Standard Chartered Bank account.

98. On September 11, 2001, in UAE, at about 9:22 a.m. local time (the early morning hours of Eastern Daylight Time), Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi moved approximately $6,534 from the $8,055 in Fayez Ahmed's (#175) Standard Chartered Bank account into his own account, using a check dated September 10, 2001 and signed by Fayez Ahmed; Al-Hawsawi then withdrew approximately $1,361, nearly all the remaining balance in Ahmed's account, by ATM cash withdrawal.

99. On September 11, 2001, in UAE, approximately $40,871 was prepaid to a VISA card connected to Al-Hawsawi's Standard Chartered Bank account.


Mr. President, because of your ridiculous, myopic belief that we are winning the war on terror by "taking the fight to the enemy," you have consistently ignored logic and left our homeland sorely and recklessly under-protected. (Our port security is just one element among a slew of other vital components of homeland security that you have completely and unabashedly ignored in the past 5 years.)

Do you know that our ports handle two billion tons of freight per year - only 5% of which gets inspected and/or examined upon arrival? Do you know that our ports comprise a vital part of our nation's infrastructure and since you have not properly funded port security and made it a real priority in the past 5 years, our nation's ports remain a soft target favored by al Qaeda terrorists?

Are you really concerned about nuclear, chemical, and/or biological weapons being used against American citizens by al Qaeda sleeper cells--or is that just hollow rhetoric?

And, if you are certain that this Dubai Deal will not harm our national security, then why don't you put your money where your mouth is, Mr. President. Why don't you pass an Executive Order that will give the next group of terrorist victims the right to hold you personally accountable in a court of law if one of these six ports becomes a terrorist-door-of-entry for the next terrorist attack against this country.


Futhermore, Mr. President, since you have been singularly focused on your unjustified and fraudulent attack of Iraq (a nation that only became a real terrorist threat after your illegal invasion of it), nations like North Korea, Iran, and Syria have re-constituted and strengthened their nuclear weapons programs. Mr. President perhaps I need to spell this out for you: when a nation re-constitutes its nuclear weapons program, it means that it is a real, credible threat. Real nuclear weapons=real problem--get it?

Do you realize Mr. President that your little so-called "ally"--the UAE--happened to be one of the main thoroughfares through which those nuclear components traveled to North Korea, Iran, and Libya. Sir, respectfully, how can you consider that being an ally?

By the way, if you want to talk about sending "bad messages" to the Arab world, perhaps you should take a good hard look at your "torture" and "enemy combatant status" policies. Sir, those are actions that send a dangerous message to the Arab world.

But, really, how is it logical for you to condone the torture of some of the "co-conspirators" of 9/11, and cut business deals with others? Frankly Mr. President, that is a conflicted message not a bad message.


President Bush, I suppose this might explain why you think Dubai is our ally. This might also explain why you think the Dubai Deal should commence without delay. We need their oil, right? (Dubya stands for Dubai?)

Or, are you going to try and tell me that they are providing us with valuable intelligence that is aiding us in our ongoing (read 100 year war against nameless, stateless, faceless enemy that demands unchecked power in your name) fight against the terrorists. Mr. President, I beg you, please do not use the "Pakistan-justification" on me because it is getting a tad tiresome.

As an aside Mr. President, perhaps you should have spent the past 5 years decreasing our dependency on foreign oil from nations like the UAE and Saudi Arabia so that maybe this deal might not have been so necessary for you to rubber stamp.

But, that is just a thought and a dream. A dream that won't come true until you and all your oil-rich friends have sucked this planet dry of every drop of oil and in the meantime cornered the market on alternative energy resources, right? Power-grab; Power-shift?


You seem to be right on this one President Bush. We don't "negotiate" with terrorists; we get blackmailed or "oil-mailed" by them, huh.

But, hey, if you are so confident that the UAE is truly our ally, why not release the 28 classified pages of the Joint Inquiry of Congress that investigated the 9/11 attacks. Those 28 pages remain classified and detail the foreign nations that funded the 9/11 hijackers. Until de-classified and shown to the American public, how can we--the people that you work for--really know who the terrorists are.

Unlike you, Mr. President, we are not comfortable having a floating, vacuous definition of who a "terrorist" is depending upon your power-grab of the day. We would like the facts, sir. Because, as long as those 28 pages remain classified, to quote Mr. Rumsfeld--"we don't know, what we don't know." (Or, maybe you like it like that, huh?)

My opinion? No business deals in this country with any nation that funded the 9/11 hijackers. Release those 28 pages. Let the American people see exactly who were the "co-conspirators" of the 9/11 hijackers and sever ALL U.S. business ties with those foreign sponsors of terrorism--with or without the approval of your secret little group, CFIUS. And, while we are at it, let's get a working list of what other things this cute little group has sold to the foreigners.

And know this, refusing to conduct business with nations that funded the 9/11 hijackers is not bigotry, Mr. President. It is patriotic and responsible; it is providing real homeland security during a time of war. You spout about that all the time, yet your actions do not match your words. Respectfully, Mr. President, as some Texans like to say, you are "all hat and no cattle."

Sir, an integral part of your presidential oath of office is/was to protect this country. If this has become too difficult a task for you, perhaps it's time you and your cabal stepped down and rode off into the proverbial sunset because the rest of us are not willing to sell our souls or our country to the highest bidder--we aren't in this for the money, the oil, or the power. Remember that.