December 21, 2012, - 3:52 pm
On this site, I’ve criticized the “Trusted Traveler” programs many times because they are a means for terrorists and others with evil, criminal intent to get easier access to sneak contraband onto planes or into the U.S. from a foreign country. And, as I’ve noted, most if not all of the 9/11 hijackers (plus other terrorists, like Nidal Malik Hasan) would have been granted admission into the Trusted Traveler programs. Now, I’ve been proven right about the problems with the program.
(To those who don’t know, Trusted Traveler programs allow a person with no criminal record to go through a background check and get a card which enables him/her to speed through security at airports and border checkpoints, allowing him/her less than the normal security screenings. The program costs a few hundred dollars to join.)
Today, I received this press release from the Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection about a seizure the agency did Monday at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. The suspect claims he/she “forgot” the gun, but did he/she? Would love to know the person’s name.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers announced the seizure of an undeclared shotgun from a U.S. citizen participant in the NEXUS trusted traveler program.
On Monday, December 17, CBP officers at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel discovered a Remington 12 gauge shotgun along with ammunition during a primary trunk inspection in the NEXUS lane. The driver and legal owner of the firearm did not declare any goods upon arrival and told the officer after the discovery that he forgot that the gun was in the trunk. The weapon was seized by CBP officers and the infraction resulted in the subject’s immediate removal from the NEXUS program. . . .
Travelers who participate in the NEXUS program are afforded expedited processing when crossing the U.S.-Canada border. As participants in one of CBPs Trusted Traveler Programs, travelers enjoy a higher level of trust and confidence in regards to security when crossing the border.
This is the one “trusted traveler” that CBP caught. How many got their contraband through because they were members of this program? We’ll never know.
It’s time to end this absurd program that is just asking for trouble. It’s ripe for terrorist abuse. And terrorists may have already abused it. Again, we’ll never know.
Or when we do, it will be too late.
Tags: Borders, CBP, Customs and Border Protection, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, DHS, Homeland Security, national security, NEXUS, open borders, Remington, Remington 12, Trusted Traveler, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, US-Canada Border