Flaws Allow Suspected Terrorists in U.S.
As many as 30 suspected terrorists may still be in the United States because of continuing flaws in the county’s visa program and poor communication between federal agencies, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The General Accounting Office said that while the government revokes visas of suspected terrorists, there is often little effort to find and remove those people from the country. And the weaknesses in the visa revocation process “increase the possibility of a suspected terrorist entering or remaining in the United States,” the GAO said. GAO reviewed the 240 visas revoked by the State Department between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2002, on terrorism grounds, and found that 30 individuals entered the country before the revocation and may still be here. Another four individuals entered the United States after their visa was revoked, and one of those may remain in the country. Full Story