March 13, 2009, - 6:12 pm

Safer Than Before 9/11? Um, Not Really

By Debbie Schlussel
As I’ve repeatedly said on this site, we are NOT safer than before 9/11. We are LESS safe.
Here’s yet another stellar example of how easy it is for terrorists to impersonate Americans and get the real–not fake–documents to prove it.
Attention, Terrorists:

Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security.
Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a new report.


Shukran [“Thanks,” in Arabic] for the Easy Passport, America

The ruses are detailed in a report being issued this week by the Government Accountability Office. A draft summary of the findings was obtained by The Associated Press.
In one instance, the investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965, a fake New York birth certificate and a fake Florida driver’s license. He received a passport four days later.
In another attempt, the investigator used a 5-year-old boy’s information but identified himself as 53 years old on the passport application. He received that passport seven days later.
In another test, the investigator used fake documents to get a genuine Washington D.C. identification card. He then used the card to apply for a passport and received it the same day.
In a fourth test, the investigator used a fake New York birth certificate and a fake West Virginia driver’s license and got the passport eight days later.

Blame the State Department, which issues U.S. passports. And don’t think that Citizenship and Immigration Services, which issues green cards, citizenship, and certain visas, is any different. It isn’t.
Still feel safer since 9/11? Only if you’re an idiot. The only thing we did after 9/11 was treat average American citizens like Islamic terrorists, Islamic terrorists like average American citizens, and pay more tax money to create a giant, bloated, ineffective bureaucracy otherwise known as the Department of Homeland Security.
EXIT Question: Gee, I wonder if I can successfully apply for a passport as Jason Bourne? Bet I could.


11 Responses

Don’t ever compare yourself with Matt Damon! I had to “deal” with him once @ JFK- he was so nauseating. Huge zit on his chin and no manners.

MarySJ on March 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

This is a joke. 4 out of 4. 100% failure rate. Why even bother? Let’s just put the passports in cracker jack boxes.

californiascreaming on March 13, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I know several Somali pirates who have loads of cash to burn and want to see the sights from Mexico, thru the border, to the USA. They might even be interested in getting a commercial trucking license or take up flying.
I hate you Homeland Security. Epic FAIL.

FeFe on March 14, 2009 at 2:04 am

And now the latest chaos in Mexico. And while all this is going on, these clowns attack e-verify.

c f on March 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

Wake-up people! This is propaganda! The Gov. is trying to scare you into giving up more of your civil liberties! This story sets the table for the national id card which will have a microchip inplanted in it. The Gov. will know where you are at all times. It frustrates me that people are willing to surrender their constitutional rights for perceived “safty”. You are all sheep!!! Soon they will take our guns away. Then we will have no way of controlling this ever enlarging scoialist nationalist Gov. If you don’t mind being told when you can leave your house, where you will work, where you can travel, and who you can be friends with, then continue to believe the lies of the Gov. and the mass media! And by the way, stop watching so much TV and read a damn book!

allseeingeye2008 on March 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

We got passports for 4 of our kids on 12/31/08. A week later we got 3 of them and their birth certificates in the mail. The fourth never arrived. I started calling a week later. Long story short, the PO lost hers because they “claim” I put the wrong zip code on the form. (Yeah, I have only been living here for 16 years; I think by now I know it.) Meanwhile, two months later, the PO has no idea where the passport or birth certificate is. Oh well. Our fault for not taking insurance. That is our government for us. (BTW, the passport office did over night a new one to us, but we still don’t have my 3 yr olds birth certificate. Who knows who is in possession of it now???? I now have to worry that someone stole her identity because it is too hard for the PO to keep track of the mail.)

Leah on March 15, 2009 at 1:04 am

This surprises anyone? There are many reasonably thinking people now who believe the current President proved he was constitutionally eligible for the Presidency by providing a fake Birth Certificate to

i_am_me on March 15, 2009 at 10:19 am

We can perhaps import some Mexican officials to train our ‘Homeland Securitors’. They are said to be quite tough and effective at keeping unwanted foreigners out of Mexico. True.

poetcomic1 on March 15, 2009 at 11:46 am

I’ve always wondered if there was a connection between “Shukran” {Arabic: thank you} and “Shakran” {Hevrew: liar}.

Ben-Yehudah on March 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Israel has been dealing with terrorism ever since she was re-born and Jews have been dealing with it from the beginning of time…Amerikkka might as well get used to the threat.

EminemsRevenge on March 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

how did he get a passport in only four days? somed friends of mine went to spain on vacation and after three minths of waiting for their son’s passport had to contact their congressman’s office for help.

galtboy on March 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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