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.''