Khaled al-Masri: Coming To America
Suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Khaled al-Masri has been issued a waiver from the US Department of Homeland Security and awarded a visa by the State Department to enter America. So says a statement from an anonymous source at Foggy Bottom.
Concerning debate about whether the man at the center of the controversy should be considered suspect at all, in The CIA Rendition Controversy: Is Khaled Al-Masri Lying, The Transatlantic Intelligencer’s John Rosenthal makes a convincing and relatively detailed argument that the Khaled al-Masri in question is indeed the Khaled al-Masri with al-Qaeda involvement. To be sure, the US Department of State had itself denied a visa request previously on suspicions and German police had identified al-Masri in September 2001 as a ‘follower of bin Laden’ and a 'Partisan of Military Jihad'.
The original UPI article citing the State Department source notes that obtaining a visa does not automatically mean the holder is granted entry into the United States. Admission into America “is granted at the port of entry by inspectors working for the Department of Homeland Security.”
That final layer of screening and scrutiny would be the same Department of Homeland Security which just issued the waiver, an action regarding a high-profile case that was surely taken with the scrutiny of the top echelons of DHS leadership. If the DHS has issued the waiver, it would be illogical for DHS screeners to then counter their own department’s directive.
For perspective, John Rosenthal quotes the German Der Spiegel article that looks closely at al-Masri to illustrate the potential threat he poses and his suspected level of al-Qaeda involvement.
Masri is supposed already before September 11 to have whispered that one "is going to hear something soon" and in conversation said that one "must inflict as much pain on the Americans as they would inflict on people of the Islamic faith."
Make no mistake, unless something changes in the state of affairs, Khaled al-Masri is coming to America, to be greeted triumphantly by his ACLU lawyers.
Rosenthal calls it "America's Innovative New Terrorist 'Waiver' Program" and Thomas Lifson rightly asks at The American Thinker, "Who's minding the store?"