State Dept granted New York terror plotter student visa

We asked how and why Qauzi jihadi was let into the U.S. in our post yesterday. Josh Rogin at The Cable found the answer.

State Department granted New York terror plotter a student visa | 

Last December, the State Department issued a student visa to the Bangladeshi man arrested this week for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb, the State Department confirmed today.

Twenty-one-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, who was arrested Wednesday as part of an FBI sting operation, was reportedly in contact with al Qaeda before he entered the United States in January to attend Southeast Missouri State University, where he was studying cyber security. But the State Department’s system to check visa applicants didn’t find any reason to deny him entry, and the department issued his visa.

“The suspect did have a student visa to attend a legitimate academic program in the United States, for which he was qualified,” State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said today. “Visa decisions are made in accordance with applicable law and department regulations. Each case is looked at on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all of the information contained in U.S. government databases and in consultation with other government agencies.”

The State Department has its own database for vetting visa applications, called the Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS), which keeps a list of those foreigners who should not be granted a visa. There are 39 million records in that system but Nafis wasn’t one of the, Nuland said.

The State Department’s visa vetting program last came into question after the failed terror plot in December 2009 by “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. In that case, the plotter’s father had warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that his son was dangerous. In this case, the plotter’s father has said he can’t believe his son was an aspiring terrorist.

After Nafis entered the United States, the responsibility of monitoring his visa compliance was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security, a State Department official said.

“Students are tracked in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security,” the official said.

In fiscal year 2011, the State Department issued 476,000 type “F” student visas worldwide, 1,136 of them for Bangladeshis.

9 Responses

  1. I like this. They are doing cyber attacks on Banks and other business and they are let into this country to get the schooling to do what they did and will do. They need to stop anyone from these islamic countries from coming into this country to get a job or go to any type of schooling. This is madness and is very dangerous to this country. Peace to all non-muslims who agree.

  2. Stop giving visas to people from countries who want to kill us! How stupid can the State Dept. be? I say block flights from all of those countries. Round up all of the Islamists in our country and ship them out!

  3. The Socialists in the Democratic Party are bringing the Muslim terrorists and their supporters to the USA to build a voter base among them, knowing that in the countries they come from the Imams are calling for killing US soldiers and US citizens and that once in awhile one their Muslim voter base will successfully kill Americans, such as took place when one of the children of these Muslim terrorists killed 13 and wounded 31 at Fort Hood, Texas.

  4. Seems as if they would just stop letting anyone named Muhammad in, we’d be safe.

  5. Don’t overlook the many thousands and thousands of students from jihad loving countries who are in the US getting information on nuclear,chemical biological, and radioactive work. Also they can get maps and case the joint for future targeting.

  6. I have been asking this same question since 9/11.
    DON’T THEY DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THESE PEOPLE!?

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