If this is a sample of the Secret Service’s Effectiveness I fear for the President

We received a bit of spam that surprised me:

“Our company has years of experience producing fake passports and other identity documents. We use high quality equipment and materials to produce counterfeit passports. All secret features of real passports are carefully duplicated for our falsified documents. To get further more detailed information about our high quality fake passports/driving licenses/id cards please visit our website…”

It then goes on to offer its website, and to detail the kinds of false ID it provides. It also provides contact email addresses.

The first thing that strikes you is the businesslike tone of the spam promising criminal services. “Our company” they say. They behave as if they provide a legal service; as if they’re a mainstream company.

They seem to have no anxiety about being caught.

A little googling comes up with “GAO warns that false passports are easy to get”. Apparently they’re damned easy to get. So easy pretty much any kind of cartel overlord, mass murderer or terrorist can come easily in and out of the country!

I think it’s the case that the Secret Service is the agency which would run down makers of false passports. It seems a form of counterfeiting, after all. Certainly it’s forgery. If this is the Secret Service’s bailiwick, they’re blowing it. These guys are right out in the open. The GAO, two years ago, found this problem to be epidemic.

If this is the measure of their competency I fear for the President. A headline in 2009 remarked on “unprecedented levels of death threats” against Pres. Obama. . .

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