It has been less than 12 years since the September 11, 2011 2001, attacks on our county. Those attacks, some may recall, were perpetrated by 19 hijackers, 15 of whom would not have been admitted to the U.S.  if the State Department had properly vetted their visa applications:

The cover story in National Review‘s October 28th [2002] issue (out Friday) details how at least 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers should have been denied visas — an assessment based on expert analyses of 15 of the terrorists’ visa-application forms, obtained exclusively by NR.

In the year after 9/11, the hand-wringing mostly centered on the FBI and CIA’s failure to “connect the dots.” But that would not have been a fatal blow if the “dots” had not been here in the first place. If the U.S. State Department had followed the law, at least 15 of the 19 “dots” should have been denied visas — and they likely wouldn’t have been in the United States on September 11, 2001.

According to expert analyses of the visa-application forms of 15 of the 9/11 terrorists (the other four applications could not be obtained), all the applicants among the 15 reviewed should have been denied visas under then-existing law. Six separate experts who analyzed the simple, two-page forms came to the same conclusion: All of the visa applications they reviewed should have been denied on their face.

Now President Obama and his allies at Organizing For Action want to make visas even easier to obtain. Because American businesses need to hire the best and brightest, national security be damned.

By the way, if you want to know what searching for the “best and brightest” entails, take a look at this video:

There are better ways to help U.S.-based businesses hire the best and brightest:

Somehow we doubt this administration will be interested.


The date of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. was 9/11/2001 not 9/11/2011.

An earlier version of this post referred to Organizing for Action as Organizing for America. We regret the errors.