- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 10, 2002

In Monday's editorial "Derail the Saudi visa express," we incorrectly reported that prior to issuing expedited visas to Saudi applicants the State Department does not check the terrorist watch list. They informed us that they do. We also failed to expressly state that visa applications must include presentation of a passport and may require supporting documents. We identified the State Department's web site for such applications as the "U.S. Visa Express link." The State Department has informed us that they dropped that name "about a month ago." We regret the mistakes. We strive to get the facts big and small right. When we make a mistake, we correct it promptly in the same space in which the mistake was made.

Notwithstanding those mistakes, the thrust of our editorial stands: The State Department's failure to require face-to-face contact with Saudi visa applicants (according to the State Department, they only interviewed in person 45 percent of such applicants last year) creates an unnecessary risk to the American public.

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