A retired New York police officer successfully used a Mexican-issued form of identification, a Matricula Consular ID card, to enter DHS headquarters
for the purpose of attending a meeting. The card was an obvious fake, with numerous errors, but despite those glaring irregularities, the former
officer has used it for years to test security on airlines and at various government buildings.
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.
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Well, if this doesn't beat all. Kudos to the retired cop, he's doing a great service by demonstrating just how ineffective all this security
really is. It doesn't matter how many consultants you retain, it doesn't matter how many proposals you consider, and it certainly doesn't matter
how much money you spend. If you can't insure employee compliance with the rules, your hands are tied.
Even going beyond the problem of finding good help, one has to consider that where there's a will, there's a way. Reducing the will of the
terrorists is the key, I believe. All the walls and guards and databases and domestic spying in the world won't help if our foreign policy creates
armies of malcontents. The best way to insure your safety is to treat people with the utmost respect and guard your vitals (water, food, power,
transport). None of which have been buttoned up since 9/11.
Even if by some miracle you prevent their access to hard targets like government buildings, they'll switch to soft targets, like schools and
hospitals and concerts and so forth - and the end result will be the same. The DHS has a lot of explaining to do regarding this incident, regardless
of the larger context in place.
[edit on 12-6-2006 by WyrdeOne]
[edit on 12-6-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]