05BUCHAREST1518 / 2005-07-08 13:25:00
Embassy Bucharest
                S E C R E T BUCHAREST 001518 
 
SIPDIS 
 
VISAS 
 
DEPT FOR CA/VO/L/C AND INR/TIPOFF 
STATE PLEASE PASS TO NCTC WASHDC/TIG AND DSH/HQINT WASHDC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/08/2015 
TAGS: ASEC, CMGT, CVIS, KVPR, LE, PINR, PTER, RO(KANSOU TALAL MOHAMAD), Visa 
SUBJECT: VISAS VIPER: JUNE 2005 MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT 
 
REF: A. A) STATE 124726 
 
     B. B) BUCHAREST 01341 
     C. C) DONKEY BCH 000038Q00 
     D. 15 JUNE 2005 
     E. D) 2003 STATE 055649 
 
Classified By: CONSUL GENERAL BRYAN DALTON FOR REASONS 1.5 B, C AND D 
 
1. (U) Visas Viper 
 
2. (U) Embassy Bucharest's Visas Viper Committee met on 28 
June 2005.  Consul General Bryan Dalton chaired the meeting. 
No new names were submitted to the committee at the meeting. 
Since May,s Visas Viper Report (Ref B), post submitted no 
additional names for consideration by the Department.  After 
the 28 June meeting, the committee received a name for 
consideration by the Department (see below). 
 
3. (U) KANSOU, Talal Mohamad; Male; Married; 20 August 1968; 
Mazeraa, Lebanon or El Mazraa, Lebanon or Beirut, Lebanon; 
Father,s name: Kansou, Mohammed; Mother,s name: Jbeily, 
Samirah; Passport data: Lebanese passport no. 0721319, issued 
08 April 1993, expires 04 October 2007; Physical description: 
black hair, 180 cm, weight 110 kg; Current occupation: 
Business owner (restaurant). 
 
4. (S) Post has uncorroborated information indicating that 
subject has connections to Lebanese Hizballah and may in fact 
have provided support to active Hizballah members in Romania. 
 Subject has ongoing business connections with Lebanon. 
Further, the Romanian Ministry of Justice has implicated 
subject in drug trafficking.  On 18 February 2005, the 
Romanian government rejected subject's request for permanent 
resident status in Romania. 
 
5. (U) Subject was born in Lebanon, lived in Qatar with his 
family for several years in the late 1980s, and moved to 
Romania in 1991.  He is a part-owner of a popular upscale 
Lebanese restaurant in Bucharest.  From 1984-89, he had LPR 
status and was living in Orlando, Florida.  He continued to 
maintain his LPR status through regular travel to and from 
the U.S. until early 2004.  Because he has now been outside 
the U.S. for more than one year, his AmCit wife recently 
filed a new I-130 immigrant visa petition for him at post. 
 
6. (U) Post submitted Visas Donkey (Ref C) on subject because 
it was interested in a DPT 00 hit that for some reason no 
longer shows up when doing a namecheck on this subject (but 
did show up a couple of months ago when the first namecheck 
was done, and is still in CLASS if you enter the name exactly 
as it appears in the hit).  The hit post was interested in is: 
 
NAME: KANSOU, JALAL  DOB: --  POB: LEBN 
REF SITE: DPT 00  REF DATE: 27-FEB-1997  UID: TSC 37255 
REF COMMENT: NONE 32291 
LONG COMMENTS: NONE 32291DOSVODPT19970228000352800 
 
This hit differs from subject only by the first letter of the 
first name (J instead of T).  Given the very close similarity 
between subject's name and DPOB and that of the hit, post is 
concerned in general that the most recent revision of the 
namecheck algorithm may prevent applicable hits from showing 
up during a CLASS namecheck.  Post requested that the 
Department review the hit. 
 
7. (U) This fulfills Embassy Bucharest's Visas Viper 
reporting requirement for the month of June 2005. 
TAPLIN 

            
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