May 5, 2010, - 3:38 pm

Bush–Not Obama–Approved Most of Terrorist Shahzad’s Visas, Citizenship Papers, Allowed Stay in US

By Debbie Schlussel

Miss Bush yet? No, I don’t. It wasn’t as grand as you nostalgia-afflicted fantasists believe. I don’t want Obama, either. But Bush paved the way for him. And the story of Times Square Islamic terrorist Faisal Shahzad is a big reason why.


Brought to You by Bush

In the last day, I’ve received several e-mails and comments from readers and others asking me if I blame President Obama for Shahzad’s presence in the U.S.

No, I blame President Bush.  Sorry, but we have to be intellectually honest here.  Shahzad’s visas and various applications for citizenship were approved, nearly every step of the way by President Bush–the man who pushed through rubber-stamping of many Islamic immigration requests and increased the number of Muslim immigrants and visas to Muslim entrants into this country.

Shahzad originally came here on an F-1 student visa, which he was granted in December 1998. President Clinton’s administration granted the visa, because, sadly, we don’t refuse Muslim student visas–and even sadder, President Bush deliberately quadrupled the number of Muslim student visas Clinton gave out, a promise to Bush’s Saudi buddies. When Shahzad was no longer in school–during the Bush Administration–Bush made no effort to deport Shahzad, as his student visa was no longer valid and he was here illegally. Instead, Bush’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement chieftess, Julie L. Myers, gave ICE agent brass bonuses for the number of visa violator files they closed, whether or not they actually tried to find the people.

After he was no longer a student, Shahzad applied in April 2002 for an H1-B visa, and was granted this. After all, the Bush Administration was big on the baloney that there aren’t enough skilled workers and we need to bring them here (to take American jobs). What was his “specialty occupation,” a requirement for an H1-B? Apparently, it was making failed bombs because the guy worked as a financial analyst, a job plenty of Americans could do but can’t because guys like him steal the jobs away at lower wages. Another failure of the Bush immigration machine, as it declined to investigate and prosecute most H1-B visa fraud.

And finally, in October 2008–yes, Bush was still the Prez–Shahzad got married to an American woman. And since the Bushies made it known they’d prosecute few marriage fraud cases, he knew he was in the clear. With his immigration status adjusted, he easily became a U.S. citizen on April17, 2009, under Obama, but less than three months after he took office, which means that Bush’s people and policies were mostly still operational and that the approval took place under Bush.

Yes, every step of the way, President Bush gave this Islamic terrorist the green light to remain in the U.S.

And as I’ve noted on this site many times, top former Citizenship and Immigration Services officials repeatedly protested Bush’s policies of pressuring benefits adjudicators to spend less than five minutes per immigration and green card application and they were repeatedly refused access to an important terrorism database against which to check the names.  The adjudicators–who decide whether or not to grant green card, citizenship, and certain visas (some of those are handled by the State Department)–were repeatedly pressured to get through the backlog quickly, to approve the applications, and were even awarded cash bonuses for doing so.  Those who spoke out–like CIS Director of Security Mike Maxwell and adjudicator Sultan Farakhan–were fired by Bush and his political appointees.

Not that this has improved much under Obama, but this was all put into play by Bush, the man who claimed he was the national security President.

So, before you blame Barack Obama completely for the Faisal Shahzad attempt at a terrorist attack, blame the man who didn’t kick the guy out of the country, when he repeatedly had the chance.  That man now lives in Texas, not on Pennsvlvania Avenue.

Miss him yet? If you do, you’re an idiot. Because, despite getting none of the blame in the mainstream media, Bush brought us Faisal Shahzad.

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48 Responses

Easy solution to this problem. Don’t give anyone a visa to the U.S. who have any of the following names:

mohammed, osama, bin laden, sheikh, imam, ali, ahmed, omar, ahmed, … you get the picture.

Jarhead on May 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Okay, so I understand the “not enough skilled workers” line of bull feces as an excuse, but then what was the reasoning for importing the thousands of Somalians and setting them up in Minneapolis? What is their special skill that Americans don’t have?

DR.ROCKS! on May 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

No need to be sorry. W had his chance and muffed it. The Ummah is as strong as ever. If we don’t get a strong and capable leader soon, we’re in for trouble.

Rick on May 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

“Sorry, but we have to be intellectually honest here…”

“Shahzad’s visas and various applications for citizenship were approved, nearly every step of the way by President Bush.”

“Bush made no effort to deport Shahzad, as his student visa was no longer valid and he was here illegally”

..I’m shocked to find out that according to “intellectually honest debbie” , George Bush apparently personally brought this guy into the country …and then personally lost track of him ….and did not go to his house to personally escort him out of the country.

Wow, all this time I thought that it was career Govt employees in ICE, Border patrol, etc whose job it was to keep track of foreigners here. I never realized that the President was personally approving and watching over the hundreds of thousands of muslims here. Thanks for pointing that out in such an intellectually honest way.

Catfur on May 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    It seems that you need remedial reading help. Debbie is pointing out that the policies and personnel that were in force and approved by the Bush Administration lead to Shazad getting into the country, permitted his overstaying his visa without consequences, and finally putting him on the road to citizenship. Almost the entire process happened when George Bush and his appointees were still in office. Shazad’s case is a microcosm and example of ignoring dangers from Muslim majority countries and satisfying the short-term desire of business interests for low cost labor. Debbie is making perfectly reasonable points, and is in no way excusing President Obama for his lapses. Honesty is noting the problems with people supposedly on your side, and not simply howling about your opponent’s flaws. That is also the difference between a partisan scold and someone holding a principled position.

    sorrow01 on May 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      …I’ll try to use small words so you can grasp this: for Ds to say that she is being “intellectually honest” and then specifically state that ” Bush” let this guy in the country…and “Bush” didn’t kick him out…when George Bush ,in fact, NEVER even heard of this guy – or was involved in ANY specific person’s immigration effort-…and when she KNOWS it is faceless , nameless bureaucrats in charge of this stuff is the EXACT opposite of “intellectual honesty”…it is partisan rhetoric…and a typical demonization tactic of someone who knows that she has a lot of kool-aid drinking sycophants she can easily fool ( kind of like hussein obama does every day with his dem-sheep)…baaaaaaaaaaaaa…baaaaaaaaaaaa

      Catfur on May 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm

        You can save the small words for yourself. It was President Bush’s policies that led to this. Bureaucrats do not do things without directions from above, except in Oliver Stone movies. You can repeat your silliness again and again, but it does not become more persuasive.

        “it is partisan rhetoric…and a typical demonization tactic of someone who knows that she has a lot of kool-aid drinking sycophants she can easily fool ( kind of like hussein obama does every day with his dem-sheep)…baaaaaaaaaaaaa…baaaaaaaaaaaa”

        Were you you having a seizure at the end there? You really do need some help.

        sorrow01 on May 5, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Bush let him stay here despite the fact he was a high security risk.

Look at what his Islamo-pandering bought us. Miss him yet? I don’t.

NormanF on May 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Shazad’s overstaying his visa and living in the United States illegally have automatically made him ineligible for citizenship. We reward lawbreaking and make fools of those who come through legitimately and spend years attempting to become naturalized. An honest man or woman is a fool with our current immigration policies. President Bush was absolutely perverse in allowing preferences to be given to Muslim majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, et. al.

    sorrow01 on May 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm

In most ways, the O’Bama Administration is merely continuing Bush Administration policy wrt the War on Terror and the War Against Israel. Only wrt the latter (The War Against Israel) is the O’Bama Administration noticeably worse, but even then, they are mostly continuing Bush Administration policies.

There is NO Santa Claus on May 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

How many muzzies do volunteer work for the greater society as a whole? Isn’t zero a muzzie number?

Lowest.Set.Bar.Ever. on May 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Diversity is our greatest strength and white is not really a colour.

Seymour Del-Uziens on May 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Seymour Del-Uziens – where did you go to school? White (light) is the combination of all colors.

    Jarhead on May 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

A: You need to read this site more often and more closely. As I clearly noted in this post and repeatedly on this site, Bush QUADRUPLED–not doubled–Saudi student visas to the U.S.
I don’t need Wafa Sultan or any ex-Muslim to confirm what we reported correctly here in the first place. DS

Not only did 9/11 POTUS/Commander-in-chief grant citizenship to terrorists, AFTER 9/11, get this.. AFTER 9/11, Bush expedites Saudi visas:
As if this was not bad enough, Bush DOUBLED, get this.. DOUBLED Saudi student’s visas:

Wafa Sultan noticed this:

Alert on May 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm


    Am happy to be corrected.. and feel I wasn’t alert enough.
    Coming to the main issue. If your readers take a close look, as a 9/11 POTUS/Commander-in-chief, Bush scored for Jihad, almost immediately after 9/11:
    Since Bush’s response to 9/11, with ‘Islam is Peace’, Jihad has grown all the stronger. And why not? Bush blatenely covered up for Saudis in the 9/11 commission interim report, after escorting Bin Ladens to safety. Even the war on Iraq, as evidence has revealed, Bush simply set-up a smoke-screen for his Saudi family & friends to escape. And why not? After all, Salim-Bin-Laden was a close Bush business associate.

    Alert on May 6, 2010 at 1:12 am

I worked with several H1B workers from India who were working for a governmental agency that treated like crap because their choices were to work here or pack up their families and leave. They received lower pay, ridicule, and the short end of the stick from management. But they said it was better than Bangalor or Mumbai. Meanwhile, American contractors, like myself, were brought in for short term work and then had to train the H1Bs to take over as soon as possible. Good cost savings for the agency but it rankled all involved.

Stoker on May 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Stoker – I also work with way too many of these H1B visa holders because I am an electronics engineer in a commercial high tech industry. I looked the following up in my company directory – there are over 30 mohammeds, let alone all of the other various muzzie-named people.

    I’ve got to say, though, that probably the worst people to give these H1B visas are to the Chi-Coms. They come here for a couple of years, get educated and trained by people like me, then return to China to assist their commie gov’t. It’s just another espionage technique used by the Chi-Coms. They steal our technology and infringe on ALL of our patents.

    Jarhead on May 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Thank is the point. Is it really he govenment’s job to facilitate the importation of low cost labor at the expense of its own citizens? The H1B visas are really a throw back to indentured servitude. In the case of Hispanic illegals, you have the rise of a new form of serfdom facilitated by various business interests and the Democratic Party. The Republican Party, or at least much of it, is quite complicit in this process.

sorrow01 on May 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I miss Bush, that Bohemian Grove sadist piece of Texas manure like I miss my appendix after it’s been removed…I DON’T!

Bob Porrazzo on May 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I watched the documentary called invisible empire yesterday and it was talking about bohemian grove and showed pictures of bush kissing a male prostitute on the head. A lot of the elected officials, bush included are gay and keep it on the down low.

    tyler on May 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Am in total agreement with this article. GW Bush’s “hardline” policy always seemed to me to be more posing than substance. Especially when he uttered words like “our Saudi friendzzz”.

Bush drove the country to an area near the edge of the cliff. Obama has merely taken over the drivers seat and floored it.

Not Ovenready on May 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

The real SHAHZAD is Hossein Obama himself .

arya on May 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Bush not only responded to 911 for the defending America, as is, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afganastan. I admired his Americanism and America. I don’t know much about the green cards and the peoples reactions that may have already been in but It’s Iran’s turn to shut up or else Obama will be convinced to the same sooner or later.

Augusto on May 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    You will be waiting a very long time to see that coming out of President Obama

    sorrow01 on May 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Bush was a friend of the Wahhabi parasites and allowed them to infect the world with their cult.

pat on May 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Bush was clearly at fault; he promoted open boarders like all recent administrations in the last fifty or so years. The tragedy is that most so-called conservative columnists and almost all Republican office-holders in Washington also support open borders. The Republicans are just carrying water now for the Democrats; none of them are any good. One columnist today wrote a silly column saying that even though McCain got 55% of the white vote, he lost the election because he didn’t get enough Latin votes, and Republicans need Latin votes to win, and can’t get them if they support the Arizona law. She did not mention, probably deliberately, that even if these percentages were correct, the white vote was much lower than it could have been, mainly because of disgust with McCain. If he had had better positions, more whites would have voted for him & he would have won regardless of how many Latin votes he won.

All columnists supporting de facto open borders use deceptive arguments like this; their columns are deceptive just as George Bush was deceptive and pretended he was doing something to fight terrorism and Muslim/Latin abuse of our laws when he really wasn’t.

Little Al on May 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

who naturalized him? who was in charge after he returned from pakistan?

joe on May 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Absolutely correct, everything you said. May GOD bless a million times you for not being yet another big blaaaahhh gahhh partisan idiot.

BabbaZee on May 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Debbie, As an immigration attorney, this is very frustrating for me to read. I’ve been going round and round with our U.S. consulates in Kingston, Jamaica and Ho Chi Minh to get the wives and their young children to the U.S. for the past two years as the legitimate wives of U.S. citizens. I finally got the immigrant visa for the Jamaican wife but the consulate lied refused to let her young daughter come with her, claiming her filing fees had never been paid. Of course, I had the receipt for the fees but it made no difference. In the Vietnam case, which has been pending for two years, wife went to consulate for interview in February, was told everything was in order for approval and we’re still waiting. I wrote to the consulate only to be told there was no paperwork filed in her case, notwithstanding the case number and paperwork I had previously furnished to the NVC. These problems have largely arisen since Obama became president. I rarely had any problem with getting a case approved under Bush, which I think is the point of your post.

Gary Welsh on May 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I’m with you. Bush had a mandate after 9/11 to get total control of our borders and shut off immigration from countries in the Middle East. He threw it all away in appeasement to God only knows who. When I think what he could have accomplished in border security and immigration reform, with the whole day after 9/11 country behind him, it’s depressing as hell.

BernardL on May 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    ‘In appeasment to God only knows who’? Isn’t it clear that Bush was covering up for Saudis? From the times Bin Ladens were let-off to safety, while all American flights were grounded, to going after Saddam, Saudi’s worst enemy, Bush worked for Saudis. All he wanted and took from America were votes and treasury (and in Iraq war, brave American lives).
    If you have not, take a look at

    Alert on May 6, 2010 at 1:26 am

One wonders how many concessions the USA has thrown to unsavory islamic regimes since OPEC first stuck it to the civilized world, back in ’73. How many visa & immigration requirements have been relaxed or outright waived, in order to keep the oil flowing?

Graty Slapchop on May 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Shahzad/Shamwow married an American in October of 2008 and then became a citizen himself 6 months later? He also has a history of being here illegally? I have gone through this process with my husband who is European and it sure the hell did not take 6 months from the day we were married for him to become a citizen! He did not become a citizen until several years later. This just infuriates me! I guess this just goes to show that people get rewarded for bad behavior in this country while those of us who are honest and do things the right way get screwed over. Or we just pay for other people’s bad behavior with our tax dollars…same difference.

Angela04 on May 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Debbie…You are 1000 percent ON-TARGET. The Bush1, Clinton, Bush2 and Obama administrations are an ongoing “seamless” NWO soap opera in which the US is targeted for dismantling and our childrens and grandchildrens birthright is being stolen out from under our very noses.

All of the above mentioned presidents have made careers out of bartering away our national sovereignty, robbing the US Treasury and using our armed forces to promote the policies of foreign governments. They along with their extended families and political entourages should be placed under arrest in solitary confinement and their assets traced, seized and returned to the US Treasury

joesixpack31 on May 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Debbie, unfortunately the immigration policies are very screwed in America. There are loopholes that make it easier for people with LEGAL visas from dangerous countries and war-ridden countries become American citizens very fast. And then marriage to an American citizen is another super-fast track to citizenship, which is what a lot of paki and palestinian terrorists do. Finally, there is the terribly crappy H1-B visa system that lumps together people with genuine qualifications (advanced American degrees and clean backgrounds) and shiploads of immigrants with foreign/fake degrees.

I just know how this works because I am on an H1-B work visa and there are a lot of people who abuse it (several H1-B workers and employers). I studied here on an F1 visa, had a great time working and will go back when my H1-B terminates. Many of my former employers tried to pay me lower than the market rate, and I refused. Many of the pakis/arabs who came to America after I did are already American citizens now, thanks to the legal system.

During this period, I have seen dozens and dozens of fraud cases on H1-B visa and have reported them all to the DoL and some to the INS. Some Indians I used to work with lied about having have several years of experience in places like NY – they could hardly speak any English! I don’t see any difference between the illegal Latinos and these bozos, both really came here illegally, visa or no visa.

All that is required to filter out these insects is a thorough security background check (any felonies), references check (employers and professors) and verification of American college transcripts. Unfortunately, the INS and DoL ignore all these and you end up with the extremely low-grade brick laying H1-B crowd pretending to be IT experts with “over 20 years in .NET experience” or “25 years in Java”. Until the government gets serious about this, people like the $15/hour Indians and pakis/arabs like Imad Hamad and Shahzad will continue to legally migrate here.

Jarhead, some of the key persons in my previous job included Unix/database administrators named Mohammad, Muhammad, Khan, Ali, Akhtar and a bunch of other pakis/arabs. Not a very good idea entrusting federal servers and databases in their hands.

Anonymous Twit on May 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Anonymous,
    Nice logo there. Shows Indian flag and star of David. Nice combo. Can I borow it? BTW, am a product of H1-B program, now a naturalized citizen and I agree with your assessment.
    Again, nice logo.

    Alert on May 6, 2010 at 1:22 am

Terrific Post Debbie! I mostly hear biased pro-Bush nonsense from conservatives I hang around who watch too much “Hannity”. Oh, and additionally, I was watching the local news last night and the interviewed the leader of Shahzad’s mosque who claimed that Shahzad took many Islamic principles out of context and that it’s “the Religion of Piece”. After years of reading your site, I know that was definitely a cover-up of their REAL agenda.

Matthew on May 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Bush almost got away with amnesty.. I remember it well. After Reagan it was all over…

sharon on May 5, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Yes! That Amnesty lies like ‘Jobs Americans won’t do’ and ‘Mexican Family values’, not to mention ‘Heck, anyone crossing Rio Grande, I’ll take him’ confirmed that Bush was a mere power-grabbing-opportunist, charming gullible Americans. Presidential history proves other than American votes and treasury, Bush family does not care for America.

    Alert on May 6, 2010 at 1:16 am

Didnt you say Clinton let him come here? Then Bush let him stay. Well that should be the headline if you ask me.

cat on May 6, 2010 at 4:33 am

In most ways, the O’Bama Administration is merely continuing Bush Administration policy wrt the War on Terror and the War Against Israel. Only wrt the latter (The War Against Israel) is the O’Bama Administration noticeably worse, but even then, they are mostly continuing Bush Administration policies.

islamicnet on May 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

Hi Alert, thanks. Yes you can use the logo anywhere you want. The logo is actually both the Indian and Israeli flags together. I got the original artwork from a freeware website and altered it to gravatar dimensions.

Anonymous Twit on May 6, 2010 at 9:58 am

Debbie – I agree with this post up to a point. However, as you noted in another post, American Intelligence officials already knew of this guy and he was not put on the no fly list until they day they caught him. Since he was not on the no fly list he was able to leave the US for Pakistan in order to train as a terrorist and return to commit this failed attempt.

Also, the rules up until the day they caught him did not require the airlines to update their databases often enough with additions to the no fly list. That is how this guy got on the flight and almost escaped.

The Obama Administration has been in office for over 15 months. Despite how much of our current mess is the fault of the Bush administration, including what you mention in this post and others you have written, the Obama administration is solely to blame both for his being trained as a terrorist and for his being allowed back in to commit the failed attack. The Obama Administration would also have been to blame had he escaped.

I_AM_ME on May 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

    @I am me

    ding, ding, ding. I feel like the only point here was shock value, with a conclusion that hardly followed the premise. I mean no disrespect, but I think, to frame the headline in this manner is to take an overly simplistic, & in some cases incorrect view on the issue.

    joe on May 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

The Times Square bomb attack actually WAS a ‘job Americans wont do’, and the only thing that saved us was that he was too incompetant (like most H-1bs) to pull it off

I lost my tech job in 2002, this is who they let in to replace my in a massive recession

Anon on May 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

So Shahzad was apparently on the DHS travel lookout list since 1999… any chance you’ll throw Clinton’s name into your overly sniping title? Doubtful.

joe on May 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm

People it very stupied to let any muslims in USA.
We need to stop bring F>>>> muslims to west.Time
is coming were we will need to destory pakistan
iran very soon.USA is strong and we can kick
muslims ass to hell.

Master tom on May 7, 2010 at 1:01 am

Of course Bush approved the visas, but it was Obama who removed Shahzad from the watch list, despite the fact that Obama’s administration knew Shahzad was blogging on known terrorist sites, was in fact in contact with others with terrorist ties and traveling in to Pakistan. I despise George Bush, but I loathe and detest Obama, a liar, a fraud who is seeking to destroy the US, and it’s people.

Mary on May 9, 2010 at 2:41 am

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