Investigators Find Holes in Passport Processing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government investigators have once again
exposed a gaping hole in the country's security by deliberately
using fraudulent material to obtain passports.

The investigation was conducted between January and June of this
year by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO says the
State Department's system for issuing passports remains vulnerable
despite security measures enacted since 9/11.

GAO investigators applied for seven passports and received
three, no eyebrows raised. In two other cases, the applications
were initially approved but later denied when fraud was discovered.
Two other bogus applications were rejected.

In a similar investigation in March 2009, government
investigators used phony documents and the identities of a dead man
and a 5-year-old boy to obtain U.S. passports.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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