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The short answer is yes,Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis,, the Jihadist terrorist who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan, was able to get a Visa more easily from the State Department because of the Frank Amendment. Congressman Barney Frank sponsored over 10 such amendments in the 1990's, bills that he sheparded into law which made it easier for terrorists to enter into the United States with legal visas. Bill Clinton's CIA Director James Woolsey, speaking on the Frank Amendment to the Wall Street Journal stated that "Congress had made it illegal to deny visas to members of terrorist groups."
Because of the Frank Amendment law, in place regarding student visas, the State Department was hamstringed in terms of using its judgement when the terrorist applied. Frank's law states that the criterion for denying a visa would be that the applicant would have to have been involved in "terrorist activities." Under this standard, one that is virtually impossible to prove, Bin Laden would've qualified for a visa.
This author was under the impression that most of the Frank Amendment laws were thrown out after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, after 19 terrorists, with legal visas thanks to the various Frank amendments, turned passen ger planes into missiles. Apparently there are still vestiges of those insane laws floating around.
Journalist Gerald Posner, regarding the Frank Amendments wrote in his book "Why America Slept..Congressman Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was a strong advocate of protecting civil liberties, led a sucessful effort to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act so that membership in a terrorist group was no longer sufficiant to deny a visa." This author was not aware that it was a "civil liberty" to enter the United States or any sovereign nation. Frank wrote that denying visas to foreign visitors was "descriminatory" unless, of course, there was "proof" that they were involved in "terrorist activities."
Newton Tab columnist Tom Mountain wrote:" Betweeon 1981 and 2001, Barney Frank sponsored no less than 13 amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act, which had the effect of opening the nation's floodgates to a well-deciplined, well organized network of terrorist sleeper cells and support groups that have since become entrenched here in America."
Frank's legacy apparently is still with us