September 11, 2001 is a day that most Americans will never forget. A total of 19 Islamic terrorists commandeered four commercial airlines full of passengers and aimed them at American targets.
I remember that morning I was at work when my boss called me and told me that an airliner had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. We had a television that I turned on the news just in time to see the second airliner crash into the second tower of the World Trade Center. That was the realization that America was under attack.
The federal government tightened up security and travel requirements to and from the United States. At one time we could travel to places like Barbados without having to get a passport if our stay was less than 30 days. Likewise, family in Barbados could travel here to the United States with just their driver’s license as sufficient ID. But all that changed after 9/11.
It didn’t take long for federal investigators to identify most of the terrorists involved. Of the 19 terrorists 15 were from Saudi Arabia. Since that time the United States has taken special steps to screen and vet all Saudi nationals planning to travel to the United States. It was then up to our government whether or not to grant them visas.
Eleven years have passed since the attacks on US soil. Now it seems that some of our government officials have forgotten the lessons from 9/11 or who carried out the attacks. After meeting with Saudi officials in January, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has decided to give trusted traveler status to supposedly low risk airline passengers from Saudi Arabia.
Read More at GodfatherPolitics . By Dave Jolly.
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