Passports Security Still a Problem

U.S. passports still aren't perfect.

Via the AP:  US Passports still vulnerable to fraud

The investigation by the Government Accountability Office, detailed on Capitol Hill Thursday, demonstrates that despite security overhauls since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the State Department’s system for issuing passports remains vulnerable to fraud.

It also shows how an illegally obtained U.S. passport — one of the most sought after travel documents in the world — could provide cover for drug dealers, murderers and others trying to avoid capture.

This is hardly a surprise, as a perfect system is basically impossible to construct.  People with enough time, smarts, money, and/or technology will find ways to get fake papers.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter