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Bad Passport Forgery? No Worries You Get 2 More Tries!

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Forging a passport is a federal crime.

Yet for some reason the Senate immigration bill created by the Gang of 8 has language in it allowing three forgeries to be made before a crime is committed.

Yep, the bill, which passed the Senate 68-32 with 14 Republicans voting in favor, would essentially change the current law from one forgery per crime to three.

Why? Well, perhaps we should ask Senator John McCain (R-AZ) that question.  CNSNews.com did and guess what? He didn’t know. A prominent member of the Gang of Eight who wrote the bill was clueless, as was Senator Marco Rubio.

Now who in the world added that provision?  Was there any discussion about it?  Who was in on the discussion?  What exactly was the discussion or the thought process that led to a decision to give people 3 shots at getting their forgery right before being punished?  Do those sound like fair questions?  Is anyone in the major media asking them?  Does the MSM even know about this interesting provision?

ganfof8Who will ask the others in the “Gang?  Who will ask Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Schumer (D-AZ), Richard Durbin (D-ILL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) about this odd item and why they thought it was a good idea?

On Capitol Hill on Wednesday [July 17, 2013], CNSNews.com approached McCain, “Senator McCain, can I ask you a question about the Senate immigration bill? Under the bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?”

McCain said, “You’re going to have to ask our folks that, I don’t think that we stand for any forgeries.”  Let me get this straight.  McCain a signer on the bill doesn’t know but his “Folks” might and he doesn’t THINK his group stands for forgery.  Maybe the folks know the answer to that one too…

CNSNews.com followed-up, “Can you tell me why that would be part of the bill in the first place?”  McCain answered, “ I cannot tell you that it is part of the bill.”  And the “folks” in Washington DC wonder why their approval rating is in the teens?

Well Senator let me help you and your folks. On Page 777 the legislation states, “any person who, during any period of 3 years or less, knowingly – (1) and without lawful authority produces, issues, or transfers 3 or more passports; (2) forges, counterfeits, alters, or falsely makes 3 or more passports; (3) secures, possesses, uses, receives, buys, sells, or distributes 3 or more passports, knowing the passports to be forged, counterfeited, altered, falsely made, stolen, procured by fraud, or produced or issued without lawful authority; or (4) completes, mails, prepares, presents, signs, or submits 3 or more applications for a United States passport, knowing the applications to contain any materially false statement or representation, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.” Source CNS News

Crazy how bizarre items like this pop up in these hastily penned laws isn’t it?

When the question was put to Rubio two days later, he said forgery is a federal crime. He was then informed of Section 3707 of the immigration bill (S. 744) titled, “Reform of Passport, Visa and Immigration Fraud Offenses.” It makes no mention of any “waivers, but it does specifically amend Section 1541 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, which currently requires criminal penalties for issuing “any” unauthorized passports. As amended by S. 744–the Senate immigration bill Rubio co-sponsored–a person would not be dealt criminal penalties until they forged “three or more passports.” Source: CNS News

I’m no sleuth but it appears this provision allows anyone trying to get into the country illegally with a forged passport, two extra tries if caught.

We truly are a caring nation.

43% of Congress Vulnerable to Campaign Donation Fraud

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Government Accountability InstituteThe Government Accountability Institute, comprised of a team of investigative researchers and journalists, have published a report titled America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign and Fraudulent  Online Campaign Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections?

The report states that an alarming number of congressional and senatorial representatives with an online donation page do not have proper security on those sites to prevent donations to their campaigns from foreign sources.  The report also found third-party political fundraising organizations funneling money to campaigns also lacked the industry standard, anti-fraud, credit card security features to block fraudulent and international donations.

The report was not partisan in its reproach.

Both parties and specific candidates were named as having more problems than others, including Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama.  However, the Obama campaign does show a much higher rate of vulnerability than that of his counterpart Mitt Romney.

Given the state-of-the art digital sophistication of the President’s re-election campaign—including social media, micro-targeting and data-mining—its online donation system contains at least three major security vulnerabilities:

1. THE ABSENCE OF THE INDUSTRY-STANDARD CVV AND UNKNOWN USE OF AVS ANTI-FRAUD SECURITY FOR ONLINE CREDIT CARD DONATIONS.

2. THE PRESENCE OF A BRANDED, MAJOR THIRD PARTY-OWNED WEBSITE (OBAMA.COM) REDIRECTS ITS 68% FOREIGN TRAFFIC TO A CAMPAIGN DONATION PAGE.

3. ACTIVE FOREIGN SOLICITATION USING INDISCRIMINATE EMAIL SOLICITATIONS AND EXPOSURE TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

The Obama campaign lacks the industry-standard level of credit card security for donations, but uses it for merchandise purchases:  to purchase Obama campaign merchandise, the campaign requires buyers to enter their credit card CVV security code, but does not require the credit card security code to be entered when making an online campaign donation. By Gai’s estimates, the Obama campaign’s failure to utilize industry-standard protections potentially costs the campaign millions in extra processing fees.

Obama.com was purchased by an Obama bundler in Shanghai, China with questionable business ties to state-run Chinese enterprises: in 2008, Obama.com was purchased by an Obama fundraiser living in Shanghai, China, whose business is heavily dependent on relationships with Chinese state-run television and other state-owned entities.

68% of traffic to anonymously registered Obama.com is foreign (compared to just over 11% for the Romney website): according to industry leading web analytics site markosweb, an anonymously registered redirect site (Obama.com) features 68% foreign traffic. Starting in December 2011, the site was linked to a specific donation page on the official barackobama.com campaign website for ten months. The page loaded a tracking number, 634930, into a space on the website labeled “who encouraged you to make this donation.” that tracking number is embedded in the source code for Obama.com and is associated with the Obama victory fund. in early September 2012, the page began redirecting to the standard Obama victory fund donation page.

To see the highlights and Key Findings of the report CLICK HERE.

To see the full report CLICK HERE.

Written by DCL

October 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm