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Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
United States Senate Staff
The proliferation of false identification has become a serious public safety issue. False identification documents and credentials can enable criminals to commit a host of crimes ranging from identity theft to bank and credit card fraud and allow them to fund larger and more dangerous criminal activities. Phony identification can also enable criminals to obtain bona fide, yet unsupported and unauthorized, identification documents such as driver's licenses. Moreover, criminals may be able to evade law enforcement by hiding behind their false identities. Failing to curb the spread of false identification can have grave consequences, in fact, evidence indicates that some associates of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization may have used false identification and immigration documents. Also alarming is the ease with which General Accounting Office (GAO) investigators were able to breach security at 21 of the most secure buildings in the United States, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and several airports by claiming -- falsely, using easily-obtained phony identification -- that they were armed law enforcement officers. GAO investigators displayed fake law enforcement badges and phony credentials that they themselves had crafted using graphics software and images culled from Internet websites, and which bore little resemblance to the genuine articles. When the investigators presented themselves at security checkpoints, they were waved around metal detectors and were not screened.United States Senate Staff is the author of 'Phony Identification and Credentials Via the Internet' with ISBN 9781410217325 and ISBN 1410217329.