Sunday, May 27, 2007

Chertoff's Homeland "Security"--Faking It

While Mike Chertoff is slandering citizens who don't think much of the Immigration Bill, his minions at Orlando are apparently falsifying paperwork on arrivals at the airport.

Six U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Orlando Sanford International Airport have come forward alleging they were told to falsify customs records for arriving international passengers in order to handle large volumes of traffic and to create the impression they were carrying out the required number of enforcement screenings.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the six federal whistleblowers – all agricultural specialists – charged they were given stacks of forms, called IO25s, for people they had not personally interviewed and told to enter false information into the Treasury Enforcement Communication System database.

And to make it even more interesting, the falsifications may have long-term repercussions on the travelers who were not really interviewed:

Further, the workers charge they were told to code the IO25s as ENF, for "Enforcement Action," instead of the less serious code of PPQ, for "Plant Protection and Quarantine."

"This would falsely reflect that the passenger or crew member had been stopped, interviewed, and bags inspected in connection with a suspicion of possessing contraband or engaging in unlawful activity," reported the special counsel. "Several of the whistleblowers questioned this and were told that things were done differently at Sanford, and that they should go ahead and enter the information as directed."

Chertoff did not have a comment.


Billiam said...

It doesn't surprise me. The Fed is rife with corruption. It was a bad idea from the get go to make Airport security another Gummint' job.

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to know where these "passengers" / "crew members" were coming from.