DHS Questioned Over Decision To Let Saudi Passengers Skip Normal Passport Controls

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A Department of Homeland Security program intended to give “trusted traveler” status to low-risk airline passengers soon will be extended to Saudi travelers, opening the program to criticism for accommodating the country that produced 15 of the 19 hijackers behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sources voiced concern about the decision to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which issued a report Wednesday on the under-the-radar announcement — which was first made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after meeting in January with her Saudi counterpart. According to the IPT, this would be the first time the Saudi government has been given such a direct role in fast-tracking people for entry into the United States.

“I think you have radical Wahhabism in certain elements in Saudi Arabia, and I think to be more lenient there than in other places would be a mistake,” Rep. Frank Wolf told the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “There were 15 [hijackers] from that country, and there is a lot taking place in that region.”

Only an exclusive handful of countries enjoy inclusion in the Global Entry program — Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands. According to the IPT, some officials are questioning why Saudi Arabia gets to reap the benefits of the program, when key U.S. allies like Germany and France are not enrolled; Israel has reached a deal with the U.S., but that partnership has not yet been implemented.

Any Saudi travelers cleared through the program will be able to bypass the normal customs line after providing passports and fingerprints. The status lasts for five years.

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  • JaniceSix

    This is one of the most ludicrous, assinine things I have EVER heard! BTW, I don’t think anyone, from any country, should have this privilege – – it defies common sense. Is America really this stupid?

  • They know EXACTLY what they are doing, letting terrorist into our country. AND our TSA has announced that they will be letting folks on airlines with KNIFES!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE?

  • Joe1938

    There is only one god, there is only one Koran, there is only one islam. All those not in this frame of mind are infidels.

    Koran 8:12
    God revealed his will to the angels, saying, “I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!”

    • Kent2012

      islamy guide book……..rag heads to riches…

  • MrCReed54

    He knows oBama! Thier frends!

  • CSN

    The new DHS Officials are from the Muslim Brotherhood. Look it up on the internet. They’re all Muslim Middle Eastern names. Obama has done his work well. This is also probably why they’re permitting knives on board jets now. Better bring your own Knife to protect yourself and get used to using it in practice.

  • Yeah like that makes a lot of sense,NOT!

  • Nellie CA

    No way should we give any one from a country including our country a lack of security. Our government isn’t doing anything to protect us from illegals and refugees who are coming here. Our government can’t even find the Refugees when they move. We are being invaded!

    • Douglas W. Rodrigues

      This is all by design. Obama is a subversive.

  • james

    FUBAR!! They want terrorists in this country so they can have another false flag Pearl Harbor, another 9-11. So they can usher in a fascist police state under Marshall Law. To implement their NWO.

  • Douglas W. Rodrigues

    …..your tax dollars at work. This country is run by idiot bureaucrats!