Sept 11 Commission

Commission releases two staff reports on terror financing, travel

New findings from the September Eleventh commission say immigration and customs apparently failed to see or act on warning signs in the hijackers' passports and visa applications. The commission staff findings say most hijackers had passports less than three weeks old, yet their visa applications received no extra scrutiny. The report says two men lied on their applications "in detectable ways," and all 19 applications had data fields left blank. In addition, three Saudi passports had "a possible extremist indicator" often seen on the passports of al-Qaida members. No details on what that was. Most of the hijackers' money came from al-Qaida, with no evidence they received funds directly from anyone in the US or another country. The report says the intelligence community still doesn't know how al-Qaida moves its money.