Key House Member Says Security Steps Inadequate

February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:12 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The chairman of the House Homeland Security

Committee wants to know how an Arab company is going to prevent

al-Qaida operatives from being hired at U-S ports under its


It's one of the questions raised by Republican Peter King

following the Bush administration's decision to allow an Arab

company to take over port operations in six U-S cities including

New York and Miami.

For one thing, King says the conditions imposed by the

government don't deal with who is hired.

King spoke to The Associated Press after Homeland Security

Secretary Michael Chertoff defended the security review on the

Sunday talk shows.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Arab journalists in an

interview that the administration will work with Congress to better

understand the review process.

But lawmakers from both parties criticized the move, with

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham says it's got Americans

``scratching their heads.''

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