2004 August 31 Tuesday
Visa Rules Still Too Lax For Saudis

Joel Mowbray reports that rules for getting visas are still not as tough for Saudi Arabian nationals as for other Arabs.

Despite supposed reforms implemented by the U.S. State Department, current statistics—obtained exclusively by this columnist—reveal that nearly 90% of all Saudi visa applicants get approved. To put this in perspective, applicants in most other Arab nations—the ones that didn’t send us 15 of 19 9/11 hijackers—are refused visas three to five times more often than Saudis. (State refused multiple requests for comment.)

September 11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed reportedly told U.S. interrogators that the reason 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis was because they had by far the easiest time getting visas. According to the 9/11 Commission, KSM personally discovered how true this was when he obtained a visa (using an alias) in July 2001 through a program known as Visa Express, which allowed all Saudis to apply for visas at travel agencies.

Mowbray is the author of a book on this topic: Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security

The world's dependence on oil is harmful to US national security. Oil money spreads Wahhabi Islam and some of the money goes to terrorism. Oil money is powerful and corrupts American politics. We need to obsolesce oil by developing other energy technologies that are cheaper, cleaner, and better for US national security.

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John S Bolton said at September 11, 2004 1:08 AM:

The NYT, on 9-10-04, p.a18, reported that there are only 10 homeland security officers to review around 20,000 visa applications a year from there. No fewer than 3 of the 9-11 operatives appeared in intelligence databases, yet were granted visas. Some had use falsified passports and obviously false information for their visa applications, which the government managed to overlook. Saudis shouldn't get visas of any kind, especially not so long as the government is not willing to review them thoroughly.

Anonymous said at July 30, 2009 7:11 AM:

Saudis shouldn't get visas ?! WTF .. this will harm the US even more !! the article is stupid and dumb

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