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Homeland Security accepts fake ID

Retired New York City policeman Bruce DeCell, who had arranged to meet with DHS officials last week to lobby for document security, told CNN he purposely used a forged version of identification that Mexican consulates in the United States issue to their nationals living here illegally.

Days before his meeting with DHS officials, DeCell was asked to furnish his name, Social Security number and birth date, so they could be compared by security personnel to a valid form of picture identification. The building security accepted his matricula card, even though it listed a false date of birth, he said.

He was allowed entry into the building after walking through a metal detector, according to a statement posted on his group's Web site.

"It's obscene in a post-9/11 world that they did not match my name against the fake [date of birth]," DeCell fumed. "They're spending a lot of money [on security] for nothing."

Actually, it's obscene that this man expects that someone with legitimate business in a federal building, who walks through a metal detector, should be denied access.  It's obscene that we have to prove who we are (even though IDs don't really prove identity at all) at every pass.  It's obscene that in a post-9/11 world we are willing to give up liberty for "security" that is nothing but a farce.


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Jun. 13th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
There was a time when anyone could walk into the White House.
There was a time when anyone could walk into the Pentagon (I did, once.. with no badge, ID check, or anything)
There was a time when anyone could walk into any government building that wasn't considered a "secure" (e.g. national security) building.

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Jun. 13th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Except, the security we have is a joke. You can walk into a supposedly secure building with a fake ID. You don't HAVE to show ID to fly, you just have to submit to a full search. Prohibiting people from waiting outside airports doesn't stop the suicide bomber from driving a bus full of explosives into the terminal. The people being pulled aside for "random" screening at the airport are families with children, and grandmothers, and others who want to FEEL secure even if they're NOT secure. We have a security blanket, not security.

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
- Benjamin Franklin
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Jun. 13th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
When the people owning the spaces are private companies, that's fine. When it's the federal government, which is "of the people, by the people, and for the people," it's a different story. Public buildings are supposed to be public.
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Jun. 13th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Some of the information you list IS public. However, personal records are not public records - they're private. They're records about a person. A publically owned building isn't private, it's public. And the government can make certain information sensitive or classified, that's fine. We're not talking about classified stuff, though.

People who have no business at the Washington Monument shouldn't be allowed in.
People who have no business at the Lincoln Memorial shouldn't be allowed in.
People who have no business at the National Archives shouldn't be allowed in.
People who have no business at Yellowstone National Park shouldn't be allowed in.
Oh, wait. Curiosity, tourism, are legitimate reasons to be in those locations. But, not the White House, or the US Capitol?

Have I ever been denied entry? I was arrested, once, for trying to use a public restroom, in a public building, at a state-owned fairgrounds, at an event I had paid admission to.
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
(arrested for trespassing)
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Jun. 13th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Should I have to prove that I have a legitimate reason for being in a public venue, in order to be there? Or should it be assumed that if I am there, I have a legitimate reason unless there is probable cause that my purpose there is illegitimate/illicit?

In this country, we are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. More and more in recent years, we are presumed guilty until proven innocent.
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
What bothers me the most about that article is the fact that the Mexican consulates are issuing identification to illegal immigrants.
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
What, illegal immigrants can't have legitimate IDs issued by their home governments?
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
I could see them carrying stuff like a Mexican issued driver's license or passport or whatever, but not for the consulate to say, "Oh, you're in this country illegally, here, have an ID card!"
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