***PRESS STATEMENT*** Rohrabacher Reacts To Port's Latest Decision To Delay Chinese Scanner Cancellation
Washington, Feb 10, 2009 - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) has issued the following statement on the Port of Los Angeles’ (POLA) decision to delay the contract cancellation of the Beijing based Nuctech Company, to provide port security scanning units:
“The Port of Los Angeles was wrong to give a contract for security equipment to a Chinese company in the first place. It was right to take a second look at the matter. However, it is now wrong to give the issue a third round of decision making. All of this confusion relates directly to the lack of guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security.
“The most important factor in purchasing security equipment should be that it is not coming from a potential enemy. That should exclude Chinese security equipment. The fact that the President of China’s son is part of this indicates the whole deal deserves much greater scrutiny. I would suggest the Port of Los Angeles start all over again and this time exclude consideration for security equipment manufactured by a potential national security threat like China.”
According to POLA officials, the scanner failed to meet performance standards during the testing phase and required the assistance of a special Nuctech technician to operate properly. The Port of Los Angeles’ final decision regarding the Chinese manufactured scanners has been pushed back to February 19, 2009.