Dumb and Dangerous: America’s Fast Pass for Saudi Arabia

It’s business as usual in the post-9/11 world. Your federal government is back to pandering to wealthy travelers from Saudi Arabia. In the eyes of our massive homeland security apparatus, the comfort of Saudis is a higher priority than the safety of American citizens.

And thanks to reckless, feckless bureaucrats who fear being labeled “racists,” “xenophobes” and “Islamophobes,” political correctness remains the handmaiden of terror.

According to a new report released this week by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security plans to bestow “trusted traveler” status to travelers from Saudi Arabia. Yes, the home of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers will soon enjoy the exclusive privilege of new entry shortcuts into the U.S.

Fox News points out: “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.”

Saudi suck-up Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, hailed “the bond between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and pledged to work with the government to facilitate “legitimate trade and travel.”

This foolish move is astonishing but not unprecedented. As I noted in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration had created its own fast-pass system for Saudi elites called “Visa Express.” Thanks to this GOP idiocy, three of the 9/11 hijackers skipped the usual consular interview process and bypassed long lines in the hot Saudi sun.

Throughout the jihadist-coddling Saudi kingdom, applicants could simply file their visa paperwork through travel agencies and courier companies for a small fee — without having to appear in person or submit to extensive background checks. The U.S. embassy in Riyadh bragged before 9/11: “Applicants will no longer have to take time off from work, no longer have to wait in long lines under the hot sun and in crowded waiting rooms, and no longer be limited by any time constraints.”

Investigative reporter Joel Mowbray obtained the shocking, shoddy applications filed by the hijackers — whose omissions about where, when and what they planned to do when they arrived in the U.S. should have raised blood-red flags. But after the Saudi-dominated 9/11 jihad crew murdered nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children on our soil, Bush administration officials bent over backward to assure touchy Saudis that no changes would be made “in determining visa eligibility as a result of the (9/11) attacks.” Visa Express was expanded.

Moreover, State Department employees were banned from communicating with foreign governments about their citizens’ visa applications, making it virtually impossible to verify vital information. The Bush State Department official in charge of implementing the “Visa Express” program that helped enable 9/11 hijackers and their colleagues was not punished. Instead, she received “cash prizes for ‘outstanding performance in the 12 months from April 16, 2001, to April 15, 2002’ — a period during which at least five of the 9/11 terrorists received visas that should have been denied according to the law,” as Mowbray noted, “and during which September 11 happened.”

Since that time, consular screening has remained an abject joke. There is still no operational tracking system to detect and deport hundreds of thousands of visa overstayers, including untold numbers of illegal aliens from jihad-friendly Middle Eastern countries. Law enforcement training for consular officials is scant. And Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., stated the obvious about Obama’s Fast Pass 2.0: “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.”

Twelve years after a Saudi-dominated cabal of young male Muslims committed mass murder in the skies and brought down the Twin Towers, your government refuses to do the unapologetic national security profiling necessary to prevent another domestic attack by foreign jihadis. Instead, they’re searching your grandma’s knitting bag, your Marine’s prosthetic limbs and your toddler’s bags packed for Disneyland — while waving Saudi “trusted travelers” through the fast lane. Deadly deja vu.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.


  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    Michelle quotes Fox. She must not realize that the family for which Fox has taken on the role of Legacy carrier, the Bushes, have always had a comfy friendship wit5h the Saudis.

  • Moppie

    Our so called “leaders” have lost their collective minds OR is it all part of a MUCH larger plan started many years ago ??? Pay attention as more and more comes to light and pray, very hard…..!

  • wally12

    We should eliminate all preferred entry passes. A suicide bomber can enter from any country regardless of the preferred status.

  • wally12

    Wow! I knew our politicians were stupid but I didn’t realize how stupid until I read this article. We are our own worst enemy.

    • Shane

      Liberal twits refuse to acknowledge that our terrorist enemies are devout Muslims who are engaged in a Jihad against the USA. Of course, they know this is true, but they won’t state it publicily. These liberals and a few Republicans, Grover Nordquist among them, are dhimmis who fear Islam.

      • wally12

        You are correct. The democrats are so messed up they even refuse to identify the problems by a term that has meaning in fear of insulting the Muslim terrorists. It is no longer a war on terror but instead an oversees contingency operation. Can anyone tell me what that means?

        • moppie

          It’s a war on “We, the People”….

          • wally12


  • nickshaw

    Jesus H. Christ in a boat!
    There is no “bond between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” other than the fact they have lots of oil!
    Well, and money.
    It’s like saying the heroin dealer is the junkie’s bestest friend!
    Try going to your dealer with a pocketful of someone else’s product.
    What kind of reception would you get?
    Now go to SA with a bible.
    I’ve heard talk that the Jewish lobby was the most powerful on the Hill.
    I think not!
    When you remember who were allowed the only private flights on 9/11 and now this, who really has the most sway with our so called “leaders”?
    It’s enough to make one gag!

  • Churchill4President

    Why is the USA showing favoritism to Saudi Arabia, a despicable country with zero religious freedom, that treats 50% of it’s population like dogs, and that spreads radical Islam throughout the world?

    • Shane

      That Saudi oil money has bought thousands of lobbyists in DC, and some of them are Republicans. If SA was a poor country, Obama wouldn’t give a damn about them. This is freaking insane!