State Dept.: Visa process could now weed out underwear bomber

03/12/2010 | Homeland Security Today

Security flaws in the visa screening process have been largely corrected since the Christmas Day bomb scare aboard a U.S. airliner, officials testified on Thursday before a House panel. State Department computers now check names on the terrorist watch lists against lists of visa holders, controlling for variant spellings, birth dates and so forth. Today, had Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to visit the U.S., "I think we would have decided to revoke the visa and ask him to come back in an interview," said a top State Department official. "He wouldn't have had a visa and would not have been able to travel at all."

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