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Knife-TotingRat 19 points ago +19 / -0

All the better to bypass American eyes, and unload whatever THEY want to unload. Drugs, guns, CRISPR Critters ...

Mistercheif 3 points ago +3 / -0

Ever play World in Conflict? It was a pretty unique RTS, with an absolutely fantastic campaign.

This story instantly made me think of the start of the campaign.

NihilistCaregiver 14 points ago +14 / -0

For those of us not living near a shoreline, how does this normally work? Who owns and operates the ports that unload ships?

Piroko 20 points ago +20 / -0

Usually there is a port authority.

A port authority is generally a semi-public corporation that administrates the facility on behalf of the county (sometimes city but usually county) which owns the land. The authority board is generally appointed or elected depending on local laws.

The port authority may have employees of its own (usually a CEO, CFO, managers and assistants for each facility, and some clericals, with the county attorney's office representing them legally), and subcontract out to labor unions and port operating corporations (Signature Aviation, AMP Terminals, etc) as well as negotiating leases with tenant entities (airlines, shipping companies, even the DoD).

NihilistCaregiver 5 points ago +5 / -0

So is the issue here that the Chinese are building their own ports with their own cranes and bypassing all of that? Wouldn't CBP still have authority to be present to inspect?

Or is it just Chinese cranes being installed within existing ports?

Piroko 15 points ago +15 / -0

I'm not familiar with the specific circumstances of Seattle.

It looks like the managing entity is the Northwest Seaport Alliance, a partnership between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. My guess is they're probably corrupt and China friendly.

ArchVileRespawned 6 points ago +6 / -0

Maybe we should cut taxes. That will stop em!

Captntrouble 5 points ago +5 / -0

imagine a turf war between the mafia and the communist chinese...i'd PPV the docks

Xzal 2 points ago +2 / -0

Much like their embassy has cameras that spy outward into America, expect these cranes to be littered with "Security" cameras. For security reasons ofc /s

GeneralBoobs 2 points ago +2 / -0

How about impound the illegal shit? No? We not enforcing our own laws anymore?

realerfunction 1 point ago +1 / -0

time for a little demolition

davidverner 1 point ago +1 / -0

As long as they're not fully automated and have no connection to the internet, they will pose little to no risk to us if operated normally by our workers.