By Rick Oltman, September 11, 2018
It’s been seventeen years since America suffered the worst attack on our nation, killing almost 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the brave citizens on Flight 93 who chose to fight back against murdering terrorists when they realized what was happening. Even today, people, first responders, and others are suffering the health effects from the crumbling World Trade Center towers.
One would think, hope, expect that our government of elected officials and bureaucrats would have spent the last decade and a half identifying the loopholes in our national security and worked to plug them in an attempt to prevent another devastating attack like this one.
Driver license security was an issue prior to 9/11. I was lobbying in many state capitals for secure driver licenses, without much success. It just wasn’t an exciting issue for most legislators.
A few months after the 9/11 attack, it was disclosed that the 19 hijackers had 63 driver licenses between them.
Keep in mind, noted Robert Thibadeau, director of Carnegie Mellon’s Internet Security Laboratory, that the 19 terrorists on Sept. 11 were holding 63 state driver’s licenses for identification.
These official government I.D.s made it possible for the terrorist hijackers in our country to effectively hide in plain sight.
Yet today, even though the hysterical rants that securing our state-issued identity cards and driver licenses would lead to a mandatory national I.D. card have faded; the so-called “Papers please,” fraudulent argument. Twelve states and the District of Columbia issue driver licenses to illegal aliens: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Oregon tried it a few years ago, but the hard-working citizens at Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) used their referendum process and stopped the law passed by their legislature that would have given driver licenses to illegals.
This Boston Globe Editorial Board piece from September 7, 2015, completely ignores the terrorists that used official documents.
More policy makers have come to the realization that granting driver’s permits to the undocumented is in the best interest of public safety and perfectly compatible with federal law … . Licenses are a privilege that all drivers, citizens and noncitizens alike, must earn. Making licensing available to every motorist who can prove driving competence reduces the number of uninsured drivers, creating more equitable insurance costs … . It’s in the public interest to acknowledge realities and put the safety of all motorists ahead of the politics of immigration.
The title to that nonsense was, Immigration Has Nothing to Do with Driving Skills.
At the federal level, to further highlight government ineptitude, Judicial Watch has reported on their “Corruption Chronicles” webpage in a piece so scathing it is almost radioactive: “The Office of Inspector General U.S. Department of State found that no one monitors the server and the State Department doesn’t keep adequate logs of who accesses the information on the database … . The State Department branch responsible for spotting visa and passport fraud fails to practice basic security protocols, leaving the nation extremely vulnerable to foreign threats … .”
This is taken from an Office of Inspector General’s federal audit from last month.
This is completely unacceptable. We have learned over the past 17 years that we are at war with a determined enemy who will use any device to attack us.
One wishes the government bureaucrats in charge of I.D. cards and visas at the state and federal level, respectively, had just half the determination to stop a terrorist attack as did the passengers on Flight 93.
Hopefully it won’t take another massive tragedy like 9/11 to get them off their bureaucratic behinds and do their job to secure America against known threats and bad actors.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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