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Monday, December 20, 2004

Oh, Now That's Comforting

IT'S no secret that the border control in the United States is less than stellar. Terrorists wanting to gain entrance into the US in the process of setting up a cell can gain entrance through Mexico, Canada, or along the capacious coastline. Tight control on any of these entry points is a monumental task.

But, why go to all the trouble?


Report finds foreigners defeat border security with stolen passports
By Chris Strohm
cstrohm@govexec.com


Foreign travelers have entered the country using illegal passports the government knows are stolen, and the whereabouts of some with possible terrorist links remains unknown, according to a report released Monday.

"Aliens applying for admission to the United States using stolen passports have little reason to fear being caught and are usually admitted," Richard Skinner, acting inspector general of the Homeland Security Department, concluded in the report.

The report examined the use of stolen passports from 27 countries that are part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Under the program, travelers from the countries are able to enter the United States without immigrant visas. Twenty-two of the countries are in Europe. The others are Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.(continued)


Prepare to have the hair on the back of your neck go up…

On June 6, 2001, for example, thieves stole 708 blank passports from a foreign city that was also home to an al Qaeda cell that played a significant role in providing financial and logistical support for the 9/11 terrorists, according to the report. The theft was not reported to the U. S. government until April 2004, after 20 aliens successfully entered the country using some of the stolen passports. But CBP only has departure records for two of the aliens. (continued)

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