Janet Napolitano upgrading Saudis into 'trusted traveler' program

Thomas Lifson
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who famously declared "The system worked" after an underwear bomber was able to partially detonate his weapon aboard a jumbo jet bound for Detroit, has completed her divorce proceedings from reality. The New York Post reports:

Saudi Arabia, which gave us 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers, will soon get the coveted "trusted traveler" status from the Department of Homeland Security.

Saudi travelers who are cleared through the program could bypass normal customs lines after showing their passports and providing fingerprints.

Only a few other countries - Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Korea - have been granted the same status, which is designed to ease entry into the United States for low-risk airline passengers.

The decision was made in January after a meeting in Washington between Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, but gained little attention, Fox News reported.

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, in 2010, Saudi Arabia was among 14 countries whose citizens were subject to extra screening, because of its record as a breeding ground for terrorists. There have been absolutely no reports of Saudi Arabia changing its school curricula, which foster hatred of Jews and infidels in general, nor have there been any signs of any change in the role of extremist ideology in shaping the Saudi public.

Secretary Napolitano should be grilled by House committee on this decision, and forced to justify it to the American public, which is continuously subjected to x-rays, pat-downs, and humiliating searches when they try to travel by air.

Homeland Security has become a joke, a multi-billion dollar scam. Making Saudis part of the Trusted Traveler program - in other words, trusting a Wahhabi regime to do our screening for us - is simply insane.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who famously declared "The system worked" after an underwear bomber was able to partially detonate his weapon aboard a jumbo jet bound for Detroit, has completed her divorce proceedings from reality. The New York Post reports:

Saudi Arabia, which gave us 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers, will soon get the coveted "trusted traveler" status from the Department of Homeland Security.

Saudi travelers who are cleared through the program could bypass normal customs lines after showing their passports and providing fingerprints.

Only a few other countries - Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Korea - have been granted the same status, which is designed to ease entry into the United States for low-risk airline passengers.

The decision was made in January after a meeting in Washington between Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, but gained little attention, Fox News reported.

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, in 2010, Saudi Arabia was among 14 countries whose citizens were subject to extra screening, because of its record as a breeding ground for terrorists. There have been absolutely no reports of Saudi Arabia changing its school curricula, which foster hatred of Jews and infidels in general, nor have there been any signs of any change in the role of extremist ideology in shaping the Saudi public.

Secretary Napolitano should be grilled by House committee on this decision, and forced to justify it to the American public, which is continuously subjected to x-rays, pat-downs, and humiliating searches when they try to travel by air.

Homeland Security has become a joke, a multi-billion dollar scam. Making Saudis part of the Trusted Traveler program - in other words, trusting a Wahhabi regime to do our screening for us - is simply insane.