Friday, May 9, 2008
USA Today reports that Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the United States. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation "embarrassing," and some members of Congress vow to fix it. The requirement applies to former South African leader Mandela and other members of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC), the once-banned anti-Apartheid organization. In the 1970s and '80s, the ANC was officially designated a terrorist group by the country's ruling white minority. Other countries, including the United States, followed suit.