July 19, 2006, - 2:00 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Received this frightening e-mail, which speaks for itself. America continues to be under attack. (GSA is General Service Administration.)
From: Robert.Pringle@gsa.gov [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 1:02 PM
Subject: GOVERNMENT LICENSE PLATES
Dear GSA Fleet Customer,
We recently were advised of criminal activity involving US Government license plates. The incident involved GSA plates, but may apply to your agency owned vehicles as well.
We received a call from Immigration and Customs Service stating they had two of our GSA plates in their custody. It turns out they got the plates from an illegal immigrant smuggler’s vehicle trunk. When questioned, the suspect said immigrant and drug smugglers regularly “borrow” Gov’t. plates from parked vehicles, use them to do their business, then return them to the Gov’t. vehicles within one or two days (before they are noticed missing by the using agency).
It is not only an issue with smugglers, but also a potential national security threat when Gov’t. plates are used for criminal purposes. Therefore, we are asking you again to regularly check your GSA vehicles to ensure both plates are there, and if possible keep vehicles in a secured area. If one or both plates are missing, contact your GSA Fleet Management Center right away and report the loss.
Your diligence in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Some advice: If you’re stopped by someone with Govt. plates, ask to see ID and a badge.
Tags: General Services Administration, GSA Fleet Management Center, Immigration and Customs Service, US government