We're told nearly every day about the critical importance of the War on Terror. That's why it's inconceivable and defies common sense for us to outsource the operation of our ports to a state-owned company from the United Arab Emirates — a country with a history of ties to terrorists.

At a time when the Bush administration is fighting over wiretaps to protect domestic security and making a concerted effort to deliver a consistent message that all Americans need to be involved in the War on Terror, this outsourcing causes great confusion and undermines the administration's credibility.

A growing bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington is expressing their concern and opposition to this plan. Our nation's ports are perhaps our weakest link in our domestic security and there is no good reason why this program should move forward. Congress should take a stand to keep our ports safe and take swift action to stop this plan and correct this very serious lapse in judgment.

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