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U.S. Department of State
Interview With The USA Today Editorial Board

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
October 18, 2004
(2:00 p.m. EDT)


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SECRETARY POWELL: This has been -- I'm glad you gave me this chance, Bernie. We've lost ground in Arab opinion because of Iraq and continuing problems in the Middle East. And the overhang has also -- had to do with Homeland Security and our visa policy. And a lot of people were offended by what we had to do. I think it's starting to come back, at least the visa policy is starting to come back into normal tolerance. People understand why we ask you do the simple finger scan and picture, protecting us, but it's also protecting you, the traveler and people in other lands.

We are speeding up the whole visa process: student visas; tourist visas; business visas. It's getting a lot better. The databases are slowly but surely coming together. As soon as we can figure out multiple names it will be even better. So I think we're getting on top of that.

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