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  •  Thank you for this clarification. (none)
    His rep is unquestioned, agreed. (A WaPo article is linked that attests to that is below.) But, as an average citizen one might speculate, that if a deal with a government-owned UAE company is going down which five Cabinet departments have to sign off on prior to approval, is the IG of the Dept. of Transportation not a likely person to have participated in that approval? But, if you say he didn't, and I assume your contacts have verified that, he didn't.

    Thank you.

    •  Well, this is why we cannot jump to conclusions. (none)
      The five Cabinet agencies you mentioned are as follows:

      • Treasury (they chair CFIUS)
      • Commerce
      • State
      • Defense
      • Homeland Security

      Notice that Transportation ISN'T one of them.  They were not involved in the decision making process.

      Besides, even if Transportation was involved, the IG wouldn't be involved.  The IG does oversight of fraud, waste and abuse of the Department...they wouldn't be involved in this deal.

      Not everyone in this government is a Bush crony.  (Mead was appointed by Clinton).

      Let's remember that.

      The world is made for those who are not cursed with self-awareness. -- Annie Savoy, from "Bull Durham" Yeah, and George W. Bush is living proof.

      by wmtriallawyer on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 04:13:00 PM PST

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      •  Not put too fine a point on this ... (none)
        But, in the interest of accuracy regarding the approval process, according to the Seattle Times, the Department of Transportation was involved:

        "The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is a 12-agency panel that includes the CIA and departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security, among others, and is chaired by the Treasury Department.

        "It's charged with reviewing foreign purchases of U.S.-based assets that might compromise national security. For the Dubai Ports World transaction, two additional agencies -- the Department of Transportation and the Energy Department -- joined the panel."

        But the spanking about the role of the IG is warranted.

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