The UndyBomber Pass – by Michelle Malkin


Forget about no-fly lists, full-body scanners and air marshals. All the loud recriminations about who should have done what to stop the UndyBomber from boarding a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day miss a more fundamental point: Young, single, rootless foreign Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should never, ever have received a temporary visa into our country in the first place. No visa, no plane ticket. No ticket, no passage to airline jihad.

Even absent the intelligence we had on this al-Qaida-trained operative before his fateful trip, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was required to know better than to issue a coveted entrance pass to a globe-trotting, Nigerian-born nomad. Under federal law (section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act to be precise), State Department consular officials must determine that foreigners applying for temporary visas (students, tourists and business people) will in fact return to their home countries as required and will not abuse their visa privileges.

This means making sure that the temporary visa applicant has strong ties to his native land. It’s supposed to be a tough burden to overcome. Yet, Abdulmutallab showed no such propensities at the time he applied for his temporary visa at the U.S. Embassy in London in June 2008. He was a 20-something student who had flitted from Nigeria to Yemen to Togo to England without a family or job. He was, in other words, a textbook itinerant waving more red flags than a bullfighter.

Question: How much due diligence did the State Department consular official on the front line who interviewed Abdulmutallab actually show? Reports say it took just four days for his visa to be approved. Barely two months later, Abdulmutallab turned up in Houston for a two-week seminar at Al Maghrib Institute, a Muslim Brotherhood-tied Islamic education center that has been dubbed “Jihad U” by veteran terrorism analysts.

Now, I’m presuming that a consular official did in fact interview Abdulmutallab before rubber-stamping his visa. Before the September 11 attacks, countless visa applicants — including 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers — skipped personal appearance requirements and bypassed the interview process as a convenience provided by Foggy Bottom panderers.

This was supposed to change.

I asked the State Department Thursday for more information about the presumed consular office interview and hasty approval of Abdulmutallab’s visa. Spokeswoman Megan Mattson invoked confidentiality rules protecting his visa form. But there is an overriding public interest in what his application might reveal about our atrociously lax consulate practices. The General Accounting Office obtained and released the 9/11 hijackers’ temporary visa forms, which showed that basic information about where they were headed (two hijackers wrote “Wasantwn”) and what business they claimed to be doing (one wrote “teater” as his occupation) was suspiciously shoddy.

Like Abdulmutallab, not a single one of the unmarried, rootless Muslim male nomads who secured student and business visas to commit mass murder on American soil should have ever obtained a temporary visa in the first place.

But the reckless customer-service mentality prevails under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The department continues to operate the dangerous “Diversity Visa Lottery” program — handing out permanent residency visas (green cards) randomly to some 50,000 foreigners from “underrepresented” regions. The bipartisan visa lottery was championed by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and signed into law by Republican President George H. W. Bush in 1990. Although originally intended to give a leg up to Irish immigrants, most of the winners are now from non-Western countries — including several terrorist-sponsoring and terrorist-friendly nations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Nigeria and Yemen.

State Department flacks are busy pointing fingers at other homeland security bureaucracies, namely the National Counterterrorism Center, for failing to revoke the UndyBomber’s visa. Foggy Bottom held a press conference earlier this week to boast that it had finally taken responsibility and stripped Abdulmutallab of his golden entrance ticket. But where does the buck stop for granting the visa in the first place?

Ominously, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley revealed that other suspected jihadi visas have been revoked. “It’s more than one,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s fruitful to get into a scoreboard.” Of course not. Keeping score would mean accountability for negligent consular officials and their bosses. This administration would rather let sleeping bureaucrats lie.

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  • Bennett Paul

    While the State Department has consistently been at odds with common sense and Republican presidents over the past 50 years, in '08 it was Condoleeza Rice's state Dept. and not the excreable Mrs. Clinton.

  • USMCSniper

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has never done anything of any signficance in her entire life and her inflated opinion of herself is downright laughable. If she had not married Bill Clinton and hung on his coat tails she would never be a New York Senator from Arkansas, and for damn sure she would never have been an also ran contender for the Democrat Party Presidental candidate nomination. She has absolutely zero foreign relations training or experience, and it is a travesty to have her as Secretary of State of The United States of America.

    She has never gotten one single job on her own anywhere in her life. And when someone got them for her, she botched every one of them.

    Professor Tommy “The Commie” Emerson got her her first job the assigned to the CPUSA financed defense team under lawyer Charles Garry for the Black Panthers Bobby Seale murder trial.

    When she applied for officer candidacy for the JAG program after she graduated from Yale she was rejected by the Department of the Navy “as unfit for an officer candidate” because of her fellow traveler activities with CPUSA members and SDS activities at Yale.

    Professor Tommy “The Commie” Emerson also got her the internship as the personal law clerk to Robert Truehaft, the head of the CA CPUSA and the Chief Counsel for the entire Communist Party USA.

    Edward Kennedy's lawyer who was a friend of Robert Truehaft and her Yale Mentor Professor Emerson got her the job on the Watergate committee staff, for and she was outrightly fired by general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, (Jerry Zeifman) for lying,outragreous behavior (tantrum tirades), unethical conduct, and Constitutional violations. Frank Polk and Jerry Zeifman both said that had she as a lawyer, submitted such false briefs to a court she would have been disbarred.

    She failed her Washington DC Bar Exam at least once, so she got a job at the University of Arkansas through Bill Clinton who was already on the faculty at UofArk. She wrote her Arkansas Bar Exam on site at the University of Arkansas which was under very suspicious conditions and passed it. One wonders how much on the up-and-up thsi was?

    She only got her job at the Rose Law Firm as a political favor to Bill Clinton when he became Attorney General of Arkansas. And she only was made a partner in the Rose Law Firm as another political favor to Bill Clinton when he became the Governer of Arkansas. Her job there was funneling money through illegal loans through Edward Hubble for political purposes. All the records of her activities at the Rose Law Firm have been burned at her direction!

    Her political appointments to corporate board positions at Tysons Food, Wal Mart and other organizations where she really did nothing but collect monies were always for political favors owed her husband, both when he was Governer and later as President, and ex-President.

    She doesn't write her own books – and her editing is skimming at best, she has ghost writers like Barbara Feinman and she stiffs them by not paying them in full even when she gets multi million dollar advances.

    Oh yes, the debacle she ran for Universal Healthcare in BillClinton's first term was not only a disaster, but, had she not been the first lady she would be in a penitenuary for deliberate misappropriation of government funds in the millions.

    Her integrity is zero, as she lies constantly, like being born in 1947 and claiming she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary who climbed Everest in 1953 and was not knighted until 1955; and the Bosinia I was under sniper fire whopper (video tapes prove the opposite), and the lady who died without health insurance etc.,.. etc,…on and on and on.

    She is also a criminal, in that she stole artifacts from the Whitehouse in 2001and only returned them because she was caught, had her staff recieve bags of money in 1996 from the Chinese Red Army agent Johnny Cheung (who was convicted)for disclosing classified secret technology, Whitewater, Cattlegate, Travelofficegate, 900 FBI files at the Whitehouse, lying under oath to a Grand jury, obstruction of justice in the Vince Foster suicide (alleged) investigation…

    Foreign policy is a disaster waiting to happen under the failure Hillary Rodham Clinton

  • Derek

    I was interviewed at the Consulate in Grosvenor Square – but then that was in 1967, and I was sponsored by the English-Speaking Union…

  • CowboyUp

    I'm convinced the State Dept. causes severe brain damage to anyone that works there, Rice wasn't the first otherwise intelligent person suffer from the State Dept. disease. I decided before I got out of high school the USA would be better off if we eliminated it, and started over from scratch. I'm yet to see anything from them to change my mind. The really do cause more trouble (like Korea and the Iraq war) than they prevent.

  • moralmattersdotorg

    Hillary will get a pass. After all, she could be the Dem nominee of 2012 with Obama burning every conceivable bridge behind him…………

  • bushlikesdick2

    And where would George W. be without his Dad? Probably serving supper to the Vietcong as we speak.

  • bushlikesdick2

    Or if the economy returns in time to make Obama the shiney knight in armor, then she could be eyeing 2016 as well as 2020 because it will take at least that long for a significant amount of the George W. supporters to die off. At least enough retarded ones for us never to make that sort of mistake again — hopefully.

  • Doug

    I hope there is also a Good News …

    Becoming Pregant Naturally