Joel Mowbray
For the rest of the week, Townhall will be running an exclusive excerpt each day from this explosive expose on the State Department, Dangerous Diplomacy. Joel Mowbray, who scared State so much that they actually detained him after a press briefing last year, was responsible for blowing the whistle on State's Visa Express program, which let all residents of the country that sent us 15 of 19 9/11 terrorists apply for visas at private Saudi travel agents *after* September 11. Congress eventually shut down Visa Express last summer, but only because of Mowbray's tireless investigative journalism. Filled with never-before-told stories, Joel Mowbray's new book is controversial, provactive, and entertaining--and Townhall is the only place you can read an exclusive series of excerpts from this hot blockbuster.

VISA EXPRESS

State has by no means been acting as a rogue department in dealing with Saudi Arabia, somehow coddling a nation that various White Houses considered hostile. But the lengths to which State goes to pamper the Saudis is something largely carried out of its own volition. There is no better example of this than Visa Express, the program that required all Saudis (including non-citizens) to turn in their visa applications at private Saudi travel agencies, which then sent them in bundles to the embassy in Riyadh or the consulate in Jeddah. Visa Express was entirely of State’s own making; it was conceived of and planned for while Clinton was president, and was officially launched when Bush was in the White House. And in the three months it was operational before September 11, Visa Express let in three of the September 11 terrorists. But State did not shut it down. It took ten months—and tremendous public pressure—before that happened.


Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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