December 31, 2009

State Department changing visa procedures

Posted: 06:07 PM ET

Washington (CNN) - The State Department on Thursday is directing its embassies around the world to include information on whether a person has a U.S. visa when they send special cables to Washington containing information on potentially suspect individuals, CNN has learned.

The order comes in the wake of a failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner. The change was prompted by preliminary reviews ordered by President Obama of the terror attack.

The reviews are due to the president by Thursday.

A State Department official told CNN the information to be included in so-called "Visas VIPER cables" currently is not required by department guidelines. In the case of the attempted December 25 bombing, crucial information that the suspect - 23-year-old Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab - had a two-year multiple-entry visa was not relayed in the cables.

Although other government departments could have accessed that information if they wanted to search State Department databases, they were not required to do so.


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A. Smith, Oregon   December 31st, 2009 6:25 pm ET

Is making it more difficult to obtain a travel Visa the answer?

The Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber was already on the UK no fly list and was BANNED from entering the UK. You think the CIA, and others didn't already know that? huh?

Where are the photos of the Nigerian Muslim butt-bombers Passport?
There are none, because some country had previously seized it.

The Amsterdam security police have publicly stated he had no Passport, did not register any Passport and presented no Passport.

Two creditable eyewitness's overheard a man that was accompanying the bomber and spoke for the bomber at Amsterdam's security check points stating the bomber had no Passport. The closed security cameras in Amsterdam's airports show that man sneaking the bomber past the security checkpoints.

The man didn't get on the flight himself with the bomber which seriously suggests he knew the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber had a bomb on him and was going to bomb that flight.

The FBI has not placed that man on its Most Wanted Fugitive List.

The FBI Director has not explained to the American people why a man that appears to be a US Diplomat or Govt. Agent (CIA) directly aided and guided the Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber to his flight bound for America.

America is being told, we need to change Visas? huh?

Diane Wilson   January 3rd, 2010 5:17 am ET

A. Smith from Oregon's letter HAS to be answered.
Is Larry King Live following up on this?

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 3rd, 2010 9:25 am ET

I hope tough Visa procures are only enforced on countries where there are radicals and extremists.
Many of us are peace-loving people who wants to travel the world.

joe,nj   January 3rd, 2010 2:59 pm ET

What does a " US Diplomat or Govt. Agent (CIA)" look like?
If they are so easy to detect, we really are in trouble.

Diane Wilson   January 4th, 2010 12:01 am ET

Joe, I think the implication here is that only a US diplomat or government ( CIA ) agent would be in a POSITION to "GUIDE" anyone to their flight.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 4th, 2010 1:56 am ET

Amsterdam's security guard supervisors are not unlike those in America. They are not going to willingly place themselves in a position where they would lose their job and be under threat of having broken an international law which could shut down all flights to America for that entire airport during the course of their duties.

In short, a international security guard supervisor certainly wouldn't have allowed the Nigerian Muslim bomber missing his passport onto a International Flight bound for America unless a US Govt. official with US Diplomatic papers or a Govt. Agency ID, was with him and vouched for that person.

That same supervisor would record that person's Diplomatic # or Govt. Agency ID before allowing that person to proceed to protect that security supervisor from a phone call 7 hours later from the Amsterdam security police demanding to know how that person got on that airplane without a passport.

I don't believe a dignitary from any country other than a US dignitary, US Govt. agent, can waive that international law between the Netherlands and America. In short, not even the Queen of Sheba could have gotten the Nigerian bomber without a passport on that flight.

Who was that man? Amsterdam security police certainly know and just as likely the FBI and CIA know who that man was. Why hasn't that information been made public? The American public are being made to bend over and cough, and herded thru 3D full body scans because of this incident.

It seems only right that the American people learn who that man was and for the FBI director to explain to the American people what that man's role was in accompanying and speaking for the Nigerian bomber as he guided him past Amsterdam's security checkpoints and onto that flight bound for Detroit.

PETER   January 5th, 2010 4:54 am ET

Nigerians are peace loving nation,so i dont think the activity of a Nigerian who happens to be a radical muslim and not lresiding in Nigeria should be use to judge the general public,and it is not the fault of Nigerians that a reported national matter like that should be ignored by the so called U.S CIA and the mistake of Netherland airport officials should be blame on Innocent Nigerians who are peace loving people and be treated and himuliated at the airport like Animals in the name of screening and looking out for possible Terrorist,i think U.S needs to go back and check its National security system and stop blaming Innocent Nigerians for their mistakes.

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