9/11 Redux: 'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally are we headed for another 9-11 ?

October 12, 2008

Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/ll attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC News.

"Some of the very same conditions that allowed the 9-11 tragedy to happen in the first place are still very much in existence today," wrote one regional security official to his boss at the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration.

"Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to this country, are taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications and are flying planes," wrote the TSA official, Richard A. Horn, in 2005, complaining that the students did not have the proper visas.

Under the new laws, American flight schools are only supposed to provide pilot training to foreign students who have been given a background check by the TSA and have a specific type of visa.

But in thousands of cases that has not happened, according to the documents and current and former government officials involved in the program.

"TSA's enforcement is basically nonexistent," said former FAA inspector Bill McNease, in an interview for ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson."

McNease, who retired last year, says in one year alone, 2005, he found some 8,000 foreign students in the FAA database who got their pilot licenses without ever being approved by the TSA.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4353991&page=1

this is no suprise we can not even secure our borders nor can we enforce laws on the books so this though you would think could not happen does not surprise me

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4 Responses to “9/11 Redux: 'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally are we headed for another 9-11 ?”

  1. billc4u on October 12th, 2008 10:36 am

    this is no suprise we can not even secure our borders nor can we enforce laws on the books so this though you would think could not happen does not surprise me
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  2. delina_m on October 12th, 2008 11:22 am

    Hopefully the visas given to these ones were more closely reviewed…

    Well, are we not to have any more foreign students in our Flight schools?

    And people are scared of illegals = )
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  3. mark on October 12th, 2008 12:03 pm

    instead of being in this so called war..doesn't it make better sense to keep our soldiers here an protect us closer to home..
    what would happen if someone attacked our country now that
    most of our soldiers are overseas.
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  4. Jazz on October 12th, 2008 12:24 pm

    And then people actually wonder how tragedies like 9/11 could have been prevented..
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