Mark Sidney| Opinion|  Everyone likely either had, or knew someone who had a ‘fake ID’ when you were in high school or college.  I’m going to guess that 99.9% of those IDs were used to buy alcohol before they were of age.

Fake Identification is nothing new, but in the current political climate, the fact that tensions with China are growing, civil unrest along with radical insurgencies attacking cities, and it being during and election year, the cause for concern can be a lot more than just some drunk teenagers.

Fox 5, the Fox affiliate in New York City reported:

Advances in technology may have made counterfeiting more difficult but crooks keep finding a way to stay in business.

In fact, federal customs officers have seized 1,513 shipments from overseas containing fraudulent documents—19,888 counterfeit U.S. driver’s licenses—just at Chicago O’Hare International Airport this year through the end of June.

Most of the shipments came from Hong Kong and mainland China, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Other shipments came from South Korea and the U.K. ‘

CBP’s Ralph Piccirilli issued a statement which included the following points: “These counterfeit driver’s licenses can lead to disastrous consequences.” …  “Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities.”

There is one strange part about the story that caused me to think about a more nefarious purpose for the fraudulent documents.  Listen to this:

Fox 5 explained: ‘CBP said most of the fake IDs were for college-age students. Many had the same photo but different names. But one alarming discovery was that the barcode on the fake Michigan licenses actually worked, CBP said. ‘

Now, why would people be buying multiple ID’s with different names but the same picture?  If the person using the fake ID just wanted to buy booze, you would expect each ID to have a different photo, right?

Now, I am not saying that this is the purpose of the ID’s, I’m sure there are other explanations, but if there are different, and actual, existing addresses on the ID’s, with the same picture, it is not beyond reason to think they could be used as part of some effort to fraudulently effect the outcome of the election.  Keep in mind, this is just a theory and the article makes no mention of this theory.

However, some states do not require and ID to vote, so perhaps there is a different purpose behind the ID’s.  Another theory could be that there were part of an effort to scam money from the newly announced government ‘stimulus’ programs, which total in the trillions of dollars.

Fox went on: ‘These fraudulent identity documents can lead to identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking,” CBP said in a news release, adding that, “these documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.”

This is not just happening in Chicago, but in Texas too:

‘In April, CBP said that customs officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport were seeing an increase in shipments of fake documents. Officers inspecting international shipments had found about 2,000 fake IDs in the prior year and a half.’ Fox reported.

The article on Fox 5’s website made no mention of possible election interference as the purpose of the ID’s, rather they highlighted the following concerns:

‘What is most disconcerting about these interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad,” Lemaux said in a statement. “We’ll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal, identifiable information with a criminal element.”‘

No matter what the motivation for the fake identification there are some very concerning facts.  One, these are 20,000 ID’s that WERE found, how many got through already, and or, are going across our border now?  The bar code’s work, the implications of that are something that could be devastating.  Again, regardless of the intent of the ID’s this is not good and something we must keep an eye on.

Mark Siidney

Father, Husband, Son. Mark is just a regular guy from a blue color family who writes opinion articles. Mark has Economics & Political Science degrees from Rutgers University.

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