Director of Research Max Bluestein published an April 14, 2015 op ed in USA Today about the risks of fake IDs to our national security. The column, titled "Fake IDs a bigger issue than underage drinking", highlighted the risks of high quality counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses flooding in from China. Click here to see the story.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent out the results of a statewide effort to crackdown on underage drinking and fake IDs. This crackdown took place at, where else? Summer concerts in New York. The end result is 133 arrests made with 63 false identity documents confiscated. Click here for the story.
Rexburg Standard Journal, 9/8/15, Amanda Beal
Idaho may face some serious ID problems come October. In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID act in an effort to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents following terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The act, which requires identification adhering to specific criteria to enter federal facilities including airports, is being implemented over time. The only states and territories currently noncompliant with REAL ID are Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, American Samoa and Louisiana. Click here for the article.
Every day, hundreds of thousands of counterfeit driver's licenses are presented for identification to businesses across the United States. Many times, these fake IDs are used to deceive banks and retails stores for financial fraud and scams, while other imposters use them to board airplanes and access secure areas. The huge scale of counterfeit ID sales presents a direct threat to public safety and our nation’s homeland security.
A new report published by Keeping IDentities Safe (KIDS) points to five ways to combat the widespread fraud. The report, “Counterfeit IDs: A National Security, Public Safety Threat”, acknowledges that most of these documents are used by minors to purchase alcohol and enter nightclubs, but others are used by career criminals, leading to millions of dollars in financial losses incurred through imposter fraud. While these crimes are more frequent, no one should ignore the significant danger of terrorists using counterfeit IDs to buy explosives or guns to hide their trail.
Each year, the courts address many instances of identity thieves who use counterfeit documents to hide their past criminal histories, such as drunk drivers and sex predators, and the terrorists who seek false driver’s licenses to carry out their attacks - one of the Boston Marathon bombers had a reading list full of how-to guides on ID counterfeiting.
“The al-Qaeda training manual explicitly instructs operatives to obtain fake IDs - a key part of the process of their attacks,” said Max Bluestein, Director of Research for KIDS. “This directive was followed by the 9/11 terrorists and these documents continue to be play a crucial operational role in many of the 60 major terrorist plots uncovered since.”
Our Policy Director, Andrew Meehan, on Fox News April 7, speaking about two tier driver's licenses. Click the picture for the story.