posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
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,
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
Interesting. DHS seems to be looking harder and harder at Americans as threats to America...while the big hugs go out to those who have been
documented as sending people to kill us. That's just a bit backwards, it seems to me.
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
It seems the last President isn't the only one as deep in bed with the Saudi Royal Family as he is anyone else. I wouldn't have expected this from
Obama. I really wouldn't have. Not so openly and blatant anyway. Adding Saudi, of all nations, to a very select few of our closer allies and
established partners in the world? Really?
Well, I'm sure they know best and absolutely nothing can go wrong with all this. Right?
I'm in the Global Entry program. I enrolled in it because i traveled back and forth to the middle east so often in the past 9 years. It was worth
foregoing those 1-2 hr waits going through customs. But you can still be held up for "further examination".
I put in an application with Customs Border Patrol, a non-refundable $100 fee, went through an interview (did mine at LAX), showed current passport
and a 2nd photo ID, had a digital photo and fingerprints taken.
I'm not sure what the application process is and how deep the investigation is for foreign nationals. We do have reciprocal programs with
Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, Australia, South Korea.
I'd rather they didn't allow the Saudi's to apply. They can have a clean record, but still may have been radicalized somewhere along the line, in
a Madrassa or whatever.