He didn't give an address on his customs form. He had only a one-way plane ticket and about $500, but he was still able to convince an immigration inspector that he was a tourist, and he got into the country to become one of the 9/11 hijackers.
That account comes Monday from the commission looking into the attacks. The panel found that some of the hijackers were able to get into the country even though they had fraudulent visas, and they were questioned by customs agents.
At the start of a two-day hearing, the commission said the government didn't do enough to keep al-Qaida members from traveling freely. The hearing is focusing on border and aviation security. Investigators say at least two of the hijackers and perhaps as many as eight of them had fraudulent visas. They've also found that at least six of the hijackers violated immigration laws by staying too long, or failing to attend a school for which their visas were issued.
Monday's witnesses include a customs agent who denied entry to a man who may have been the intended 20th hijacker.
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