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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.


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.


Galen Wolffit

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