University defends procedures over terror suspect

Oct 24, 2012

Southeast Missouri State University officials say the university did nothing wrong in allowing the overseas student charged with attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve to be a student there last spring.

Quazi Nafis is the former international student from Bangladesh charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York.

University leaders told the Southeast Missourian that they followed protocol and procedures throughout their brief affiliation with Nafis. They say they never saw anything that would warrant alarm or rouse suspicion.

Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau is among those calling for federal investigations into how international students are tracked, and how Nafis bypassed terrorism screenings. But she doesn't believe the university was at fault.