Official Lauded for Barring Man From U.S.
The first thing that raised immigration inspector Jose Melendez-Perez’s suspicions was that the visitor from Saudi Arabia did not have a return airplane ticket. The second red flag was his body language — belligerent and defiant. He pointed his finger at Melendez-Perez’s face during an interview Aug. 4, 2001 at the Orlando airport. Melendez-Perez refused entry to the man, who investigators now believe may have been the 20th Sept. 11 hijacker. “I thought when this guy made the gestures, something was wrong,” Melendez-Perez told reporters at a news conference Monday. “The look he gave me. His body language.” Full Story