US official: Dubai co. would have made ports safer

The US missed an opportunity to make its shores safer when it drove away a Dubai-based company poised to operate cargo terminals at several American seaports, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday. In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Chertoff said the international shipping firm Dubai Ports World had a good track record with US authorities and had long been trusted to help move materiel and personnel for the US military. Because of its global reach, DP World also could have helped implement stronger security at many ports where the US now has limited influence, Chertoff said.