DHS questioned over decision to let Saudi passengers skip normal passport controls

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A Department of Homeland Security program intended to give “trusted traveler”  status to low-risk airline passengers soon will be extended to Saudi travelers,  opening the program to criticism for accommodating the country that produced 15  of the 19 hijackers behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Sources voiced concern about the decision to the Investigative Project on Terrorism,  which issued a report Wednesday  on the under-the-radar announcement — which was first made by Homeland Security  Secretary Janet Napolitano after meeting in January with her Saudi counterpart.  According to the IPT, this would be the first time the Saudi government has been  given such a direct role in fast-tracking people for entry into the United  States.

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