Saudis Have “Trusted Status” Into US – They Do The Vetting: UK France Germany Israel? No

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has reached a deal with Saudi Arabia to allow their citizens into this country under “trusted status,” or “trusted traveller status,” meaning the Saudis do the vetting. Glenn Beck talked about this earlier this week. Politico backs it up and beat Beck to the story. Don’t miss the stats showing that the number of Saudi students in the U.S. is up 500% since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Just read this and then more conversation:

"Trusted Traveller Status" for Saudi Arabia

“Trusted Traveller Status” for Saudi Arabia

According to Beck, not word-for-word:

On January 13, 2013 1/14/13, Obama met with Saudi Minister of Interior. Two days later Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave “trusted status” to Saudi students. France and Germany do not have this status. Israel is on the list for trusted status but Obama will not sign the document.

On March 28, 2013 Politico reported the same story and said Lawmakers are questioning it. Well, I should hope so.

Republican Homeland Security leaders are knocking the Homeland Security Department’s decision to extend a trusted traveler program to Saudi Arabia before countries like the United Kingdom and France.

Secretary Janet Napolitano reached an agreement in January with a top Saudi official to begin work on granting Global Entry status to Saudi Arabian citizens, allowing “pre-approved, low-risk travelers” to pass through customs more quickly in the United States at major U.S. airports. Source: Politico

This is insane.

A Western Journalism article says that Saudi students admitted into the U.S. is up more than 500 percent (that’s FIVE HUNDRED PERCENT) since 9/11/01.

According to the Institute of International Education–whose numbers on foreign students in the United States are used in official reports published by the U.S. Department of Education–there were 5,579 Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in the 2001-2002 school year. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks took place near the beginning of that school year.

In the 2011-2012 school year, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 34,139 Saudi nationals enrolled in institutions of higher education in the United States.

The 34,139 Saudi Arabian students in the United States for the 2011-2012 school year was more than the total of 30,256 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the University of Connecticut this school year.

More from the Politico story:

But House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and six of his subcommittee leaders wrote in a letter to Napolitano that despite friendly ties between the two nations, the new status presents “potential risks.” They also questioned why Saudi Arabia was selected for Global Entry membership “before other trusted allies.”

The Investigative Project on Terrorism also had the story on March 20th:

Saudi Arabia, the nation which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, is about to become one of a handful of countries whose travelers can bypass normal passport controls at major U.S. airports. Sources tell the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) that this will mark the first time that the Saudi government will have a direct role in vetting who is eligible for getting fast-tracked for entry into the United States…

Travelers approved for the program can skip the normal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lines starting next year and enter the country after providing their passports and fingerprints at a kiosk. Only Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands currently enjoy the benefit, although pilot programs could expand it to a handful of others…

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the agreement in January after meeting with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef…

Details about how the plan will work with the Saudis have not been released. Nayef’s ministry, however, will be responsible for screening which applicants will be considered when the pilot program begins next year.

Abdul Rahman al-Harbi

Abdul Rahman al-Harbi

The story came to my attention when Beck reported that the Saudi National, Abdul Rahman al-Harbi, put under guard in a Boston hospital immediately after the Marathon bombings had a Department of Homeland Security Status of 212 3B which means, according to Beck, he has terrorist ties. Beck said it isn’t “alleged,” he has proof, that the Saudi was scheduled for deportation today, until…his status was changed on Wednesday, April 17th at 5:35 p.m. after John Kerry and Barack Obama met with the Saudi Foreign Minister, creepy Saud al-Faisal. Incidentally, al-Harbi’s family is considered wealthy and powerful with many terrorist connections.

Another note about the Saudi National either deported or not, is that he is in the U.S. on a VISA to attend school in Ohio. Beck says they can find no evidence that he has ever been in Ohio, but he does have an apartment in Boston.

There’s more to that story – but for now, the big story in my opinion is that we are allowing Saudis in based on what they tell us, something we do not do for the UK, France or Germany. Apparently Israel is on the list, but according to Beck, Obama has not signed the documents to allow it.

Let’s pass this info around, contact Congress, demand answers, make it go away. Janet Napolitano is an unelected bureaucrat. Let’s not forget it.

Linked at Grumpy Opinions – Read more on Islam here.

Linked at Doug Ross and Larwyn’s Linx in The Left Wing Lie Machine Takes a Mortal Blow – read it here.