It can’t happen here update from AP, :
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs authorities blocked a Jordanian man from entering the country 20 months before he was accused of carrying out an Iraq suicide bombing, according to an internal Homeland Security memo obtained Wednesday.
The August 22 memo to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff credited Customs agents with identifying Ra’ed Mansour al-Banna as a suspicious traveler on June 14, 2003, when he flew into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
“While it is not clear that al-Banna was a suicidal jihadist, the basis for denying him entry was that CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officers that interviewed him believed his intent for entering … was inconsistent with the purpose of his visa,” wrote Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner.
Al-Banna has been accused of carrying out one of Iraq’s deadliest suicide bombing — the February 28 attack in Hillah that killed 125 people.