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Former CIA Spy, Wayne Simmons, Says United Arab Emirates Gaining Control of U.S. Ports "Much Ado About Nothing"

Reported by Donna - February 20, 2006

Former CIA Operative or spy (as reported by Fox), Wayne Simmons was on Studio B with Shepard Smith today in a segment covering the Bush Administration handing over control of six U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates. Simmons is a freqent guest on Fox and has spoken in the past about favoring racial profiling reported by fellow News Hound, Nancy. He's also been known for outrageous statements like "because the terrorists know that they have the press and they have the ACLU in their pocket", which was reported by fellow News Hound, Chrish. He was also on board with the Iraqi's 'greeting us with flowers' reported by fellow News Hound, Ellen.

Therefore, it came as quite a surprise to me today when Simmons said that the fact that the United Arab Emirates would be taking over the protection of six of the U.S.'s main ports and the backlash was "Much Ado About Nothing."

Maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise from Fox or Wayne Simmons since the sale has the approval of the Bush Administration.

Perhaps they ought to consider what Think Progress had to report:

Some facts about the UAE:

– The UAE was one of three countries in the world to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

– The UAE has been a key transfer point for illegal shipments of nuclear components to Iran, North Korea and Lybia.

– According to the FBI, money was transferred to the 9/11 hijackers through the UAE banking system.

– After 9/11, the Treasury Department reported that the UAE was not cooperating in efforts to track down Osama Bin Laden’s bank accounts.

Here is the link for the entire article.

Simmons said that he didn't seem to think it was a problem because the government would have had the NSA do a thorough background check, while Shepard Smith said he didn't know what to think since 2% of packages received in our ports before 9/11 were checked and 2% of packages received in our ports after 9/11 were being checked.

Comments: With the lack of real Homeland Security being concentrated on since 9/11, everything seems to remain pretty much status quo. On top of that we're to trust a country who may have terrorist ties to do our port security for us, and Wayne Simmons doesn't seem to think it's a big deal? No wonder he's one of Fox's frequent guests. For a man to say that traitors should be shot by firing squad, (as reported by fellow News Hound, Ellen) he's becoming a bit meek when it comes to protecting our ports. Perhaps that's because anything the Bush Administration does comes first and foremost with Fox and its frequent guests.

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