Friday, January 27, 2006


We have some good news today from AP. Joshua Goodman reports:

“Colombia Busts Ring Linked to al-Qaida”

Drugs? Money laundering?

No, bad news: Passports.

“Colombia has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants. The gang allegedly supplied an unknown number of citizens from Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and other countries with false passports and Colombian nationality without them ever stepping foot in the country, the attorney general's office said in a written statement. The counterfeited passports were then used to facilitate their entry into the United States and Europe.”

Worse news:

“Authorities first suspected the existence of a criminal gang in 2002, when three Iraqi citizens were captured entering Colombia on false Israeli passports, the attorney general's statement said.”

Three years at least. How many years before? How many “new” identities? How many of those people are now in the US or Europe?

Let’s hope “we” don’t find out the hard way.

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