Archive for October 2006

Fake IDs

October 5, 2006

As we approach the Senate hearing on liquor licensing that will be held at the behest of Nick Spano it is useful for us to point out that there is a veritable industry engaged in devising newer and more sophisticated fraudulent IDs for youngsters who are intent to drink and violate the 21 laws. Recently, USA Today did an interesting story on the new levels of sophistication involved in this deception.

As one of the sub-heads in the story pointed out-“Smart licenses, smarter kids.” Here’s how the paper put it, “For authorities, busting the high-tech fake ID market often means outsmarting a generation that has outpaced them on computers.” No matter what kind of licenses a state comes up with, some clever kid is duplicating it in a matter of months.

What is needed here, especially in an age of homeland security, is for the authorities to crackdown hard on this. Suspension of drivers licenses and criminal penalties are needed for this cottage industry to be brought under control. In addition, the scores of websites that advertise “bulletproof” IDs also need to be investigated and put out of business.

What we have here is far more serious than simply kids looking to get over and get drunk. We have a serious crisis that needs the full force of the law to be brought under control. Let’s not simply target the storekeeper or clubowner who is being bamboozled. After all, if these IDs can fool law enforcement than a well meaning clubowner is at a distinct disadvantage.

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Fake ID: DHS accepted fake Mexican ID

October 5, 2006

“There are good people with bad papers; and bad people with good papers.” — Attributed to Bertolt Brecht

Security officers at the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., let pass a man who used a fake Mexican consular identification card to gain entry to the building.

But federal rules state that the Matricula Consular card is not to be accepted as valid identification for entry to government buildings.

Bruce DeCell, a retired New York City police officer, used his phony card — which lists his place of birth as “Tijuana, B.C.” and his address as “123 Fraud Blvd.” on an incorrectly spelled “Staton Island, N.Y.” — to enter the building Wednesday for a meeting with DHS officials.

Mr. DeCell said he has had the card for four years and has used it again and again to board airliners and enter government buildings, without being turned down once. But he said he was surprised that DHS, the agency in charge of determining secure IDs, accepted it.

“Obviously, it’s not working,” Mr. DeCell said. . . .

In addition to being a forgery obtained for him from a street vendor in California, Mr. DeCell’s card was modeled on an older version, which the Mexican government publicly acknowledges is not a secure document. The Mexican government says the old-style cards “are no longer valid.” — Washington Times

DeCell was actually there for a meeting with Homeland Security officials, was expected, and was on the day’s list of cleared visitors.

“At no time was there a threat to any person or property,” said DHS spokesman Jarrod Agen. DeCell had gone through security screening and was escorted at all times while in the building, he said.

Ah, look at them try to explain away their bungling!

And we haven’t even yet gotten into the fallacy of confusing identification with security, though this example illustrates it pretty well. Consider that this perfectly legitimate visitor had a fake ID, while all of the 9/11 hijackers had valid government-issued identification.

The take-home lesson here is this: If you have a valid government-issued ID, you are likely a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer. Innocent people carry fake ID, or no ID at all.

Okay, the real take-home lesson is this: The threat, if any, is reflected in the intentions of the person, whoever he is, and an ID card, real or fake, cannot indicate a person’s intentions. Relying on identification as an indicator of potential threats is stupid. It will lead not only to more incidents like the above, but more incidents like 9/11.

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Homeland Security accepts fake ID

October 1, 2006

The Department of Homeland Security allowed a man to enter its headquarters last week using a fake Matricula Consular card as identification, despite federal rules that say the Mexican-issued card is not valid ID at government buildings.
    Bruce DeCell, a retired New York City police officer, used his phony card — which lists his place of birth as “Tijuana, B.C.” and his address as “123 Fraud Blvd.” on an incorrectly spelled “Staton Island, N.Y.” — to enter the building Wednesday for a meeting with DHS officials.
    Mr. DeCell said he has had the card for four years and has used it again and again to board airliners and enter government buildings, without being turned down once. But he said he was surprised that DHS, the agency in charge of determining secure IDs, accepted it.
    “Obviously, it’s not working,” Mr. DeCell said.
    The Mexican government has issued millions of Matricula Consular cards in the past few years, mostly to give illegal aliens a form of identification that banks and other institutions will accept.
    The FBI, in testimony to Congress, has said that the cards are not secure. The General Services Administration ruled in 2003 that the Matricula Consular is not valid ID for entering a federal building.
    In addition to being a forgery obtained for him from a street vendor in California, Mr. DeCell’s card was modeled on an older version, which the Mexican government publicly acknowledges is not a secure document. The Mexican government says the old-style cards “are no longer valid.”
    Some members of Congress tried to crack down on use of the card, particularly as valid ID for opening a bank account, but the Bush administration opposed that effort.
    Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for DHS, said the department shouldn’t have allowed the ID to be used for entry to its headquarters.
    “DHS is following up on these allegations and will take necessary actions to ensure there is not another occurrence of this type,” he said.
    Mr. DeCell had provided his name, birth date and Social Security number to be pre-cleared for entry to the building and had been vetted before, Mr. Agen said. The security guard accepted the ID to match Mr. DeCell’s name to a name on her list of cleared visitors, he said.
    The spokesman said Mr. DeCell’s group went through metal detectors and other routine security screening and had an escort at all times while in the building.

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Fake ID cards needed to use the Internet

October 1, 2006

What a different world we live in, our teenagers buy fake IDs to gain access to alcohol and cigarettes, Chinese students buy fake IDs to use the Internet!

SHANGHAI, China (INTERFAX-CHINA) — China’s fake ID card makers are now targeting underage students, according to local media reports. In Beijing underage students are buying fake ID cards at around RMB 100 (USD 12.5), in order to get into Internet cafes. China now issues a smart chip encoded ID card system to citizens nationwide.

What’s an “underage student” -)

Those communist Chinese do like to keep control of their youth, though I suppose their argument would be look at how our young people behave, do we really want them to emulate us?

Minors are not issued with ID cards. Other regulations stipulate that minors cannot enter Internet cafes unless accompanied by an adult guardian who can use their ID card to register at the bar…

And people in the west worry about big brother, imagine you are 15 years of age student, you just want to use the Internet for study purposes and you can’t because you aren’t 18 years of age and lack an official ID! I’m assuming here they are issued IDs at 18 years of age?

children are able to enter Internet cafes very easily using fake ID cards, which they purchase for RMB 100 (USD 12.5) from fake cards makers…

Why on earth have they banned students from Internet cafes? What was the logic in that!

Fake ID sellers saw the market opportunity and advertise their wares to students via flyers, graffiti and mobile phone text messages, among other means.

LOL

Those fake ID Sellers, corrupting the young giving them access to the harmful Internet, filled with sites debating democracy etc… could breed dissent in the next generation!

Beijing police said the fake ID cards are easy to differentiate from official cards, but “some Internet cafe managers didn’t check the cards strictly.” If underage students are caught using fake ID cards in Internet cafes, police confiscate the cards immediately and the minor’s parents and schools are informed. Beijing police also said they are implementing “harsher, stricter and faster punishments” for vendors who sell fake ID cards to underage students.

Talk about nanny state, I feel so sorry for anyone brought up in that amount of repression!

The police complained they do have the man-power to carry out inspections of every Internet cafe regularly, and observed “quite a lot of underage people still spend whole nights in Internet cafes using fake ID cards.”

They DO have the man power! That’s scary in itself.

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Does Fake ID Fake Out Border Control Agents?

October 1, 2006

According to one group concerned with illegal immigration, counterfeit documents go undetected at Mexican and Canadian borders. (more…)

Home Robbery Victim Busted For Fake ID Business

October 1, 2006

A victim of a home invasion robbery and kidnapping was rescued by deputies Thursday morning, only to be arrested after authorities uncovered his forgery/fake ID making business during their investigation.

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station pulled over a vehicle at 2 a.m., said sheriff’s Sgt. Evan Peterson.

When deputies interviewed the five people inside, it turned out that one of them, 32-year-old Hayden Mason of Lake Elsinore, had been robbed and kidnapped by the other people in the vehicle, Peterson said. A loaded handgun was found in the car, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station investigated the crime and discovered that Mason had been using his home in the 16000 block of Orange Blossom Way as a front for a forgery/fake ID making business, Peterson said.

“A warrant was served at the location and a large amount of check making computer equipment and identity theft related paraphernalia was removed from the location,” Peterson said.

Mason admitted to being a forger and identity thief, Peterson said.

Mason was arrested on suspicion of forgery and identity theft related charges, Peterson said. Three of the other people from the vehicle were arrested on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping, he said.

It was not immediately clear why the fifth person in the vehicle was not arrested.

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