Report: Coast Guard knew of ports deal intel gaps

Citing broad gaps in US intelligence, the US Coast Guard earlier had cautioned the Bush administration that it was unable to determine whether a United Arab Emirates-based company might support terrorist operations. The surprise disclosure came during a hearing on Dubai-owned DP World's plans to take over significant operations at six leading US ports. The port operations are now handled by London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. "There are many intelligence gaps, concerning the potential for DPW or P and O assets to support terrorist operations, that precludes an overall threat assessment of the potential" merger," the unclassified Coast Guard intelligence assessment said.