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Port of Los Angeles to Correct Security Mistake?

In a surprising, but pleasing turn about, it seems that the Port of Los Angeles is going to reverse what was correctly characterized by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher as a deal that "should be declared null and void." may actually be reversed.

What possessed "officials" to award a criticial security contract to a company owned by the son of Hu Jintao , the President of the People's Republic of China and the General Secretary of the Communist Party in China is imponderable.

Anyway, it is reported now in Government Security News that this decision is about to be reversed with a directed ruling that Duly Research is in default.

"Cancellation of the purchase contract is recommended because after delivery of the mobile scanning unit to the Port of Los Angeles on July 8, 2008, field tests and other research revealed that the manufacturer and vendor failed to meet the requirements of the Purchase Contract," said a staff summary submitted to the board.

The risk to National Security for what turned into a $2.4 million award is dwarfed by the risks and the clear lack of performance by Duly.

The staff memo says that, if the board cancels the Chinese contract, "The Port Police will evaluate current technologies to determine how best to reprogram these funds."

David Yu, the president of DULY Research told GSN that the board is "thinking of cancelling the contract," but no final decision has been made yet.

"The result of your publication has generated a lot of negative feelings," he said on Feb. 3.

How do you say chutzpah in Chinese (or is it Mandarin?)?

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