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October 23, 2000: 9/11 Hijacker Obtains Visa, Despite Incomplete Application

9/11 hijacker Mohand Alshehri obtains a US visa from the American embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His application is incomplete, as he claims to be a student, but gives his school’s address as “Riyadh K.S.A.” (which presumably stands for “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”). He also gives his address as “Any hotel,” and changes his desired length of stay from “1 years,” which is crossed out on the application, to “6 months.” He says he will be supporting himself in the US, and is not interviewed. The consular officer that issues the visa will say, “We only interviewed Saudis if there was a previous denial of a visa application or if there was something wrong with the application.” (9/11 Commission 8/21/2004, pp. 14, 178-9 pdf file) The same consular officer will later issue a visa to another of the hijackers (see November 20, 2000). (9/11 Commission 8/21/2004, pp. 14, 16, 38 pdf file)

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