It seems every party except one has undergone scrutiny in the firestorm over the Dubai ports deal. The Bush administration is answering reams of questions, and reporters are certainly giving the anti-terrorism record of the UAE government a once over. But where are the questions about the unions that are in the front row of the jeering section trying to scotch the deal?
The wonder is that the Dubai company was willing to take on the hassle of managing U.S. ports for thin profit margins," one maritime expert told me. He noted that Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong-based leader in port operations, refuses to invest in the U.S. because it won't deal with the local unions. A former member of the Federal Maritime Commission told me it is an open secret that the U.S. longshoremen's union prefers U.S. operators "because they can get more patronage and exercise more leverage that way.
How many people know that “ILA (International Longshoremen's Association) President John Bowers was charged with racketeering and named as an associate of the Gambino organized crime family in a July 2005 civil complaint filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn?” Wow, does Senator Chuck Schumer know anything about these allegations?