NY Republican Rep. Dan Donovan Sponsored “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018” After Hearing About Gulftainer’s Project Pelican; Trump Signed Donovan’s Bill Establishing DHS CWMD Office

By Mary Fanning and Alan Jones | August 6, 2022

U.S. Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) of New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, met in early March, 2017 at his Washington, D.C. office with Mary Fanning and Alan Jones of the American Report and John Molloy, Chairman, National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition.

Fanning and Jones briefed Representative Donovan and multiple members of Donovan’s staff on a new WMD (weapons of mass destruction) national security threat that was  underway at America’s seaports. This nightmare was unfolding only a decade after the 2007 Dubai Ports World debacle and a decade and a half after the catastrophic 9/11 terror attacks that took down the twin towers, severely damaged the Pentagon, and left almost 3,000 Americans dead and another 25,000 injured.

Molloy, a survivor of both terror attacks at New York City’s World Trade Center – on February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 – as well as a Vietnam War combat veteran, fully understood the threat that investigative journalists Fanning and Jones had exposed in their series of research papers on Gulftainer, a seaports and cargo container management company based in the UAE, the same Middle Eastern country where Dubai Ports World is based. Seventeen out of the 19 9/11 hijackers traveled through the UAE during the months immediately preceding the September 11th terror attacks.

Fanning and Jones had discovered that Iraqi Hamid Dhia Jafar, the brother and business partner of Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, the Iraqi nuclear physicist who helped Saddam Hussein build his rogue nuclear, chemical, and biological WMD programs, was the co-owner of United Arab Emirates-based company Gulftainer and had gained control of the intermodal cargo container terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida. Gulftainer’s Canaveral cargo terminal is less than 1,000 feet from a U.S. Navy Trident submarine base and adjacent to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Research papers on Gulftainer by Fanning and Jones include “What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Secret Deal Allows Company Tied To Saddam’s Nuclear Bombmaker, Iran, And U.A.E. To Manage Key Florida Port Facilities,” an occasional paper published on December 14, 2016 at The Center For Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and The Perfect Storm, published at The Center For Security Policy on November 17, 2017.

Also, “EXCLUSIVE: Obama/Clinton Secret Operation Handed Port Canaveral Cargo Container Terminal To Brother / Business Partner Of Saddam Hussein’s Nuclear Bomb Mastermind; Sub And Space Bases In Danger,” published on September 22, 2016, can be found at The American Report.

After Fanning And Jones Briefed Representative Donovan On The WMD Threat Presented By Gulftainer, Donovan Sponsored H.R. 7213, The “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018” Which President Trump Signed Into Law On December 21, 2018

Representative Donovan sponsored bill H.R. 7213, The “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018,” which amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

President Trump signed H.R. 7213, the “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018” into law on December 21, 2018, in an Oval Office ceremony attended by Representative Donovan and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, among others.

President Trump tweeted:

Today, it was my honor to sign into law H.R. 7213, the “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018.” The Act redesignates the @DHSgov Domestic Nuclear Detection Office as the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. Read more: https://t.co/XCkyc8pGZF pic.twitter.com/TTvGxBww5n

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018

“The DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) works to prevent attacks against the United States using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) through timely, responsive support to operational partners,” according to DHS.

President Trump Reformed CFIUS By Signing The NDAA Of 2019, Which Includes The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA)

Representative Donovan attended President Trump signing of the NDAA, which included the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”), at U.S. Army Fort Drum on August 13, 2018. President Trump called out Representative Donovan during his remarks.

Norton, Rose, Fulbright, a global law firm, provided a concise analysis of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”):

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), which included the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”). This marks the most significant change in over ten years in the law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”)…

…Additionally, CFIUS will have the authority to review transactions that involve a purchase, lease, or concession of land at or “in close proximity” to sensitive US sites, including airports, seaports, and sensitive government or military locations, if the site access could allow the foreign person to collect intelligence on activities at the site or otherwise expose national security activities at the site to foreign surveillance. The law has no bright lines on what it means to be “in close proximity” to a sensitive location, and CFIUS is charged with issuing regulations in due course. The regulations are meant to ensure that the term refers only to “distance or distances” within which the site access could pose a national security risk.

Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jacob ‘Jack’ Lew declined to perform the required National Security Threat Analysis or CFIUS investigation of Gulftainer’s Port Canaveral 35-year container terminal lease deal that was negotiated in secrecy under the code-name Project Pelican.

During the August 2, 2022 broadcast “Hannity,” Fox News contributor Sarah Carter reported on the U.S. government’s investigation of Chinese Huawei equipment located on cell phone towers near U.S. Air Force ICBM silos:

Sean, Congressman Rosendale along with Oklahoma Governor Stitt and others and lawmakers from Washington DC are saying that this is their ability to push them out right now – to get Huawei and the Chinese government to move out of our telecommunications systems and the only reason they’ve been able to do that Sean is because under the Trump Administration they’ve been able to expand the ability of the Commerce Department to investigate as well as the FBI and as well as the FCC.

FIRRMA gave the U.S. government new powers to investigate foreign companies such as Huawei that operate near U.S. military installations.


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