DHS allowing Saudi’s to bypass passport travel controls

via Special Travel Benefit for Saudis a “Slap in the Face” :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, the nation which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, is about to become one of a handful of countries whose travelers can bypass normal passport controls at major U.S. airports. Sources tell the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) that this will mark the first time that the Saudi government will have a direct role in vetting who is eligible for getting fast-tracked for entry into the United States.

An agreement to accept Saudi Arabian applicants into the Global Entry trusted traveler program drew little notice when it was announced in January. Now, some officials question why the country merits such a benefit – which is similar to a theme park “fast pass” to avoid long lines – when other allies like Germany and France are not yet included. A program for Israeli travelers was reached last May but has not been implemented.

Travelers approved for the program can skip the normal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lines starting next year and enter the country after providing their passports and fingerprints at a kiosk. Only Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands currently enjoy the benefit, although pilot programs could expand it to a handful of others.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the agreement in January after meeting with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. It “marks another major step forward in our partnership,” Napolitano said at the time. “By enhancing collaboration with the Government of Saudi Arabia, we reaffirm our commitment to more effectively secure our two countries against evolving threats while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”

Details about how the plan will work with the Saudis have not been released. Nayef’s ministry, however, will be responsible for screening which applicants will be considered when the pilot program begins next year. It’s not known whether the Saudi ministry will share its raw intelligence about applicants with its American counterparts. What is known, based on information provided by a Homeland Security source, is that each individual who makes it into the program will have been vetted by both the CPB and by the Saudi Interior Ministry against various databases.

The Department of Homeland Security declined to make anyone available to answer questions about Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in the Global Entry program after repeated requests throughout last week, and after indicating someone would provide more details.

The Global Entry deal comes three years after U.S. officials briefly placed Saudi Arabia on a list of 14 countries whose travelers would face enhanced scrutiny when entering the United States. It followed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab‘s failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009.

A cable sent from the American embassy to the State Department that was published by Wikileaks reported that Saudi government officials expressed “shock to be included on the list” and threatened to “to re-evaluate areas of cooperation, including counter-terrorism cooperation” if it was not rescinded.

The policy was dropped three months later, replaced with a new program designed to use threat assessments and intelligence of traveler’s behavioral traits and travel patterns.

Much more, read it all at IPT.

Back in in January we told you this, Obama ends restrictions on Saudis entering U.S., 60% increase since 2010.

Diplomats said the administration of President Barack Obama has removed most restrictions on the entry of Saudis to the United States. They said the percentage of visa approvals for Saudis has reached unprecedented levels.

The U.S. consulate in Dhahran reported issuing 100 visas per day to Saudis. In 2012, the total number of visas reached 21,000, nearly 30 percent of which went to Saudi students or their relatives.

The administration decision came amid a series of incidents in which Saudis were implicated in criminal and security offenses. In February 2011, a Saudi student was arrested on charges of plotting to bomb the home of former President George Bush in Texas. Diplomats said more than 70,000 Saudis were registered as studying in the United States.

But diplomats said the rate and process of approvals would be enhanced in 2013. They said the United States has approved more than 95 percent of visa applications for Saudi Arabia.

Re-read that post again too.

14 thoughts on “DHS allowing Saudi’s to bypass passport travel controls

  1. Hmm what about this seems like a PHENOMONALY BAD IDEA? Like, all of it?

    Obama’s massive Muslim blind spot will result in 9/11 II.

    • Absolutely correct RCL, and if my wife and I got that right before he was elected in 2008, why didn’t a lot of others? He is, and always has been a muslim, and born in Kenya. The ‘birth certificate’ is a very poor forgery, and his agenda to bring America down is proceeding right on schedule.

      Indeed, the whole nauseous plot by the cultural marxists/Frankfurt school to bring down western civilization is proceeding perhaps even faster than the ‘elitists’ (mentally deranged lunatics) envisioned. Their exocet missile, ‘political correctness’ is working like a dream, thanks to terminal, masochistic cowardice, and their ostensible ‘allies’ the muslims, recruited for just this purpose, are playing their parts to perfection.

      I don’t have the ear of any of these academic lunatics, but if any of you do I’d appreciate if you would ask them the question many of us would like answered, viz. what do they intend to replace western civilization with? Because once the western world has been virtually destroyed by this invasion of 7th century largely illiterate muslims, and other “people of colour” due to the lunacy called ‘affirmative action’, I, at least, don’t see anything to take it’s place.

      To think that our civilization which reached a high point perhaps 40-70 yrs ago, is actually being de-railed because of a few people in (mainly) Germany, France and Russia who decided to infest the universities with what amounted to a ‘virus’ to achieve their nefarious ends, and all because of a hatred of the the high point of human achievement.

      • Obama is a Islamo-communist “Manchurian” Candidate. Obama has stated in public several times and in his writings his animus against Whites,the USA and Western Colonization. Obama is anathema for America. He is a usurper that belonged in the Brig years ago and still does. Those who allow Obama to continue unabated are complicit. I cannot impress it upon everyone enough that Obama being in the White House presents an intense and severe National Security risk. It is the duty of “We the People” to clean up our own mess. If we can’t do so,ask for help from our allies. It is a moral imperative that Obama be arrested for his crimes against the USA and the World. Crimes such as Treason,Usurpation,Election Fraud,Espionage,RICO and even Murder for which sufficient evidence exists to indict him and try him for said crimes.

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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