In his written account, the scientist said that after traveling 200 miles, waiting three hours with his wife for an interview and being accused of deception, he was outraged when his accounts of his research were questioned and he was told he needed to fill out a detailed questionnaire.I can believe the charge of humiliating and insulting treatment of visa applicants--we witnessed it in the US Embassy in Tashkent. And there apparently is no penalty at the State Department for turning down a good person's visa, despite the obviously negative public relations consequences on both a word-of-mouth and institutional level.
"I indicated that I have no desire to subject myself to any further humiliation and asked that our passports be returned forthwith," he wrote. The consular official, Mehta added, "stamped the passports to indicate visa refusal and returned them."
Because the US government cannot bring itself to publicly declare Islamists "persona non grata" as enemies of the United States, lots of perfectly harmless non-Islamists are being rejected for visas. That doesn't help America, but IMHO the resentment this policy generates surely aids and comforts the enemies of America.