5. Bush orders broad review of INS operations

Lutfi M. Hussein lutfi.hussein at ASU.EDU
Wed Mar 20 05:40:08 UTC 2002

5. Bush orders broad review of INS operations
By Kellie Lunney 

President Bush has ordered a sweeping review of the Immigration and Naturalization Service after a Florida flight school received copies of visa approvals for two terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. 

Bush directed the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate record-keeping and mailing procedures at the INS to discover why the agency sent letters confirming its approval of student visas for terrorists Mohamed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi to attend a Venice, Fla., flight school after the Sept. 11 attacks. INS approved the visas before the terrorist attacks, but schools usually receive confirmation letters later, after an agency contractor enters the data manually into a computer system. The flight school received the documents on March 11-exactly six months after the attacks. 

"It is inexcusable when document mismanagement leads to a breakdown of this magnitude," said Attorney General John Ashcroft in a statement. "Individuals will be held responsible for any professional incompetence that led to this failure, and inferior INS quality-control mechanisms will be reformed." 

Full story: http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0302/031402m1.htm 

Lutfi M. Hussein
Department of English
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302, USA
Email address: lutfi.hussein at asu.edu
Homepage: http://www.public.asu.edu/~lutfiawa/
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