FL Gov Lt Cdr DeSantis Vs Gulftainer: Naval Officer Faces Port Canaveral Container Terminal NatSec Disaster From Mideast Co Tied To Iraq, Iran, Russia Amid Supply Chain Crisis


By Mary Fanning and Alan Jones | The American Report | October 30, 2021

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve who served on active duty in Iraq as a JAG lawyer with SEAL Team One, faces remnants of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime and Iraq’s WMD programs right at home in America’s Sunshine State.

GULFTAINER, the Middle Eastern company that operates the intermodal cargo container terminal at Florida’s Port Canaveral, is co-owned by Hamid Dhia Jafar, the brother and business partner of notorious Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar (a.k.a. Abou Timmen), Saddam Hussein’s prized nuclear weapons mastermind.

Governor DeSantis may have left Iraq and returned to Florida after fighting with SEAL Team One in Fallujah and Anbar Province during the toughest years of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but Iraq followed Commander DeSantis home.


U.S. Navy officer Ron DeSantis served on active duty as a JAG lawyer with SEAL Team One in Iraq

Powerful remnants of Saddam’s Iraqi regime came ashore in Florida and set up operations inside the wire at Port Canaveral, thanks to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

GULFTAINER’s Port Canaveral container terminal presents Governor DeSantis with a national security nightmare that originates in the streets and palaces of Baghdad, Iraq and inside Saddam Hussein’s secret weapons of mass destruction production facilities that were hidden throughout Iraq, Syria, and even the Sudan.


Some of the U.S. military’s most sensitive naval, military sealift logistics, missile, air and space defense operations are conducted inside and around strategic seaport Port Canaveral. This unique facility is the crown jewel of U.S. critical infrastructure and part of America’s legendary space program. Of course, Obama and Biden knew this when they brought in Saddam’s guys.

GULFTAINER’s Port Canaveral container terminal is located adjacent to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, a U.S. Navy Trident submarine turning basin, and within sight of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.


GULFTAINER And Russia’s Trojan Horse CLUB-K Container Missile Launching System

Prior to “winning” a no-bid 35-year container terminal lease at Port Canaveral, GULFTAINER entered a joint venture with Russia’s ROSTEC/ROSOBORONEXPORT, the exporter of Russia’s Trojan Horse CLUB-K Container Missile Launching System.


President Trump slapped sanctions on Russia’s state-owned weapons exporter ROSOBORONEXPORT in 2018.

The half billion dollar Gulftainer / ROSTEC / ROSOBORONEXPORT joint venture was called Gulftainer Russian Technologies.

The Club-K launches four Russian Kalibr cruise missiles capable of delivering nuclear, EMP, chemical, and biological payloads at supersonic speed.

Once inside the continental United States, Club-K ‘containers’ can launch Russian cruise missiles from ships, trucks and trains, thereby evading U.S. missile defense systems that are designed to detect launches originating outside the United States. The Club-K can be controlled remotely via satellite communications and has a reported operational life of ten years.

It was not simply a coincidence that GULFTAINER ended up beside U.S. Navy Trident submarines that are armed with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

GULFTAINER initially attempted to buy their way into the Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) with a $250 million under the table payment to become the port’s secret, silent partner.

The Port of Jacksonville is but a stone’s throw from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, home to the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet of ballistic missile nuclear submarines that carry nuclear-armed Trident missiles. Those Trident missile submarines comprise the third, and most critical, leg of the nuclear triad of ICBM silos, strategic bombers, and submarines that serves as a deterrent to U.S. adversaries, including Russia and China. Jacksonville is also home to Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport.

“Gulftainer is owned by two shareholders, HH [His Highness] Sheikh Sultan Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah and Mr. Hamid Dhia Jafar,” according to World Bank International Finance Corporation (IFC) documents first uncovered in 2016 by The American Report.

The Pentagon placed Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar on U.S. Central Command’s Operation Iraqi Freedom Blacklist of Saddam Hussein regime senior officials wanted for capture or kill.

“Saddam officially oversaw the nuclear weapons program of the IAEC [Iraq Atomic Energy Commission] until 1989 when Dr. Jaffar Dhia Jaffar assumed the head of the nuclear weapon development program,” according to the National Intelligence Estimate, “Iraq’s Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction,” dated October 1, 2002 and declassified in redacted form by the Central Intelligence Agency on December 14, 2018, under President Donald Trump.


Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar designed Iraq’s miniaturized nuclear weapon known as ‘Beach Ball.’

We previously reported at The American Report in a May 14, 2020 article titled “Unit 999: Iraqi Terror Unit Linked To Oklahoma City Bombing ‘John Doe No. 2,’ Gulftainer, And Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, Saddam Hussein’s Nuclear Mastermind With Ties To Bin Laden”:

Rogue Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, who spearheaded Saddam Hussein’s secret nuclear weapons program from the early 1970s until 2003, had military command authority over Iraq’s Unit 999 and Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare programs…

…U.S. Army Colonel Patrick Lang (Ret.), former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director of Human Intelligence and Director of Middle East Analysis, concluded that Hussain Hashem Al-Hussaini, identified by Jayna Davis as the ‘third terrorist,’ ‘John Doe No. 2’ in the April 19, 1995 terror strike on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, was recruited into the Iraqi DGMI Special Operation Group Unit 999 from Iraq’s feared Republican Guard.

Defense and intelligence analysts concurred with Colonel Lang.

Governor DeSantis Has Offered Florida’s Seaports As A Solution To Biden’s Supply Chain Crisis And The Container Ship Backlog Currently Clogging Up Seaports Along The U.S. West Coast


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at the Port of Jacksonville

Governor DeSantis is attempting to step in and block the Biden administration’s efforts to further cripple the U.S. economy by dismantling America’s supply chain.

Joe Biden’s purposeful supply chain crisis has left a backlog of around 170 container ships waiting to unload their cargo at California’s Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

Governor DeSantis has offered Florida’s seaports as a solution to the container ship backlog currently clogging up seaports along the U.S. West Coast. Container ships originating in Asia can sail to Florida by way of the Panama Canal.

Governor DeSantis announced on Friday, October 15, 2021:

We look at what is happening with some of these supply chain issues that can’t get into California.

Florida — we want people coming in here. Bring your goods here. We will get it done. We will cut the red tape. We are not going to be held up by that, so we are going to work with our ports to make sure people understand that.

“There are 15 ports in the state of Florida. Eight of them are capable of handling containers,” Florida Ports Council Chairman Jonathan Daniels stated.

The Florida seaports that are capable of handling containers include the Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT), the Port of Miami, Port Everglades, Port Tampa Bay, Port Panama City, and Port Canaveral.

According to the former Chief of the National Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security’s New York City office Dr. Joseph F. King, less than one tenth of one percent of intermodal containers entering U.S. ports of entry are hand-checked, increasing the likelihood that Club-K missile launchers could be smuggled through U.S. seaports among the millions of commercial containers that enter the United States annually.

Glen Winn, an aviation and port security expert previously with the U.S. Secret Service, told Mary Fanning that “while we may not be able to check every cargo container coming into the country without bringing global commerce to a standstill, it is imperative that the lessees to America’s ports receive the proper National Security Threat Analysis. That is the point at which you maintain your national security.” There is no possibility that this was merely an oversight by the Obama-Biden administration. Placing GULFTAINER inside Port Canaveral was part of Obama’s monstrously evil transformation  of America.

It could not have escaped the Obama administration’s notice that an Iraqi nuclear mastermind’s voice was recorded on the secret ‘Saddam Tapes’ — the same audio tapes on which Saddam Hus sein and his senior cabinet members mused about detonating a nuclear bomb in Washington D.C.  Dr. Jafar was a senior member of Saddam’s cabinet.

GULFTAINER has a special penchant for positioning the family’s seaports company GULFTAINER adjacent to strategic U.S. Navy submarine bases and other U.S. national security assets. Where was America’s national security establishment while all of this was happening? How could they have ignored such a dire threat?

Following Joe Biden’s Afghanistan surrender  debacle, there is little doubt that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are in the business of assisting and arming America’s adversaries, including Middle Eastern terrorists.

Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar’s brother Hamid Dhia Jafar is now overseeing a cargo container operation on the ground in the very state Governor DeSantis must defend — and defend it he must.

The U.S. Treasury Department and three U.S. Congressional committees investigated Hamid Dhia Jafar, his Gulftainer affiliate Crescent Petroleum, and Hamid Jafar’s ‘Oil-For-Superweapons’ scheme to illegally sell Iraqi oil to fund Saddam’s and Dr. Jafar’s WMD programs. The Iraqi WMD programs under investigation included Dr. Jafar’s uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons programs. The U.S. government also investigated Crescent Petroleum to determine if it was a Saddam Hussein front company.

Gulftainer’s sister company Crescent Petroleum, also owned by Hamid Dhia Jafar, maintains an office on Africa Expressway in Tehran.

Hamid Dhia Jafar, through Gulftainer affiliate Crescent Investments, was a founding shareholder of the now-defunct Middle Eastern private equity firm The Abraaj Group. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also invested in The Abraaj Group.

Pakistani businessman Arif Naqvi, former CEO of The Abraaj Group, was arrested on fraud and conspiracy charges at London Heathrow Airport in April 2019 upon request of the Trump administration. Naqvi is fighting extradition to the United States. The Abraaj Group collapsed in 2018.

Wahid Hamid, an Occidental College foreign student from Pakistan who knew Obama during college and joined Obama on his mysterious 1981 trip to Pakistan, was a managing partner at The Abraaj Group.

There are no coincidences.

Obama’s lifelong personal connection to Hamid Dhia Jafar’s Abraaj Group business associate Wahid Hamid is particularly interesting in light of the Obama administration’s decision to decline to conduct the mandated CFIUS review and National Security Threat Analysis of GULFTAINER’s Port Canaveral deal. That deal was secretly negotiated under a code-name: Project Pelican.

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