Muslim detained by CIA granted U.S. visa

Two federal officials confirmed at the time that Mr. el-Masri’s name was on the secret U.S. watch list of known or suspected terrorists, the Terrorist Screening Database.

One of them told UPI that there was a high-level dispute last year between the State Department and another agency, which had originally “nominated” Mr. el-Masri to the list.

“State wanted him taken off,” said the official, adding that the dispute had risen to what he called “a high level” within the agencies involved.

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