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Anti-Terror Officials Let Terror Suspect Keep Visa

The AP via YellowBrix

December 29, 2009

WASHINGTON – The State Department says counterterrorism agencies were warned that the Nigerian man who allegedly tried to blow up an airliner Christmas Day may be under extremists’ influence.

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State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says it was up to the National Counterterrorism Center to coordinate the interagency effort that would have blocked 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from entering the U.S. He says U.S. counterterror agencies received the information on Nov. 20, a day after it was provided by the father, but it was not enough to revoke the visa.

Kelly says officials get thousands of negative messages about people that are not always accurate.

He says Abdulmutallab got the two-year tourist visa in 2008 because he had money, was attending a reputable school and had visited the U.S. before.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I wish the Government would pull their heads out of their butts and start restricting these people...

  • 119_1923_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The same bureacrats will be running our health care soon. Common sense is hard to find in this la la land they operate in!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I don't care if he has money or attended a reputable school. He try to blow up a God Dam plane.. He should not allow to enter this country ever again..Revoke the visa.. I guess they are waiting for something big to happen till they realized it to late... These people are coming into this country and educating them self and then turn around and try to kill American.. And who's to blame!!!

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Yea, you don't want to upset a terror subject or GOD forbid put him on a no fly list or even a watch list. Someone needs to lose their jobs over this. We need to take this whole thing allot more serious before it's to late.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    How did this ever happen...???
    When are we going to finally wake up....?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Just gives you the warm fuzzy knowing that that these "Professionals" are on the job!

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Way to go, just keep on passing the buck and not take any responsibly. Try correcting the problems,

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