Saturday, April 30, 2005

52 Arrested In Scheme Selling Fla. Commercial Drivers Licenses

WASHINGTON — Thousands of illegal immigrants have obtained driver's licenses in three states, federal authorities said Thursday, highlighting a security hole that the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited.

Three employees of Florida's motor vehicles agency were among 52 people arrested in a bribery scam that put driver's licenses in the hands of at least 2,000 illegal immigrants, officials said. The case, announced Thursday, follows similar arrests in Michigan and Maryland over the past week.

"With a valid driver's license, you establish an identity," said Michael Garcia, assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department.

"There's no way to identify whether that identity is valid — that you're not on a terrorist watch list, that you're not a criminal. It gives you a bona fide," said Garcia, who heads the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that coordinated the arrests.

He said the cases do not appear to be related and there was no evidence of any terrorist connection.

"What we're looking at is the vulnerability and potential here, and we want to make sure that avenue isn't open to criminals or people posing a threat to our national security," he said.


Thousands of illegal immigrants in three states have obtained driver's licenses, according to the feds. Authorities arrested suspects in three states (Maryland, Michigan and Florida) this past week who were improperly giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

This problem is getting way out of hand highlighting the need for the Congress to finally pass the Real ID Act and get it implemented right away. This was a key provision of the 9/11 Commission Report last year. The House has acted. Now the Senate must.

The 9/11 hijackers, among them, had 63 different driver's license. That is crazy!

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At 11:08 AM, Blogger Sick Boy said...

It is not surprising. As a former resident of Maryland, in Montgomery County, it has been known for sometime on the "street" of the con. Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Prince George's counties, in Maryland, have an enormous Mexican and Central American population. Many shack up in Title 8 housing; government subsidised. A two bedroom apartment with 10 or more "honest, law abiding, hard working" illegal aliens with only one Carde Verde holder. Motor Voter will be the death of the nation. I am not surprised by Florida's affairs either. All involved should be arrested on fraud and or the attempt to commit fraud. However, according to some local D.A.'s, if they "didn't mean to" break the law then we should all sing Kumbyah together. Then again, the Dem's main supporters for the last 60 years are dying off at the rate of nearly 7,000 a day; FDR Democrats. Gotta replace the base some kind of way right?

 
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Google plans instant-messaging system, report says



Google Inc. is set to introduce its own instant messaging system, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday, marking the expansion by the Web search leader into text and also voice communications.

Citing unnamed sources "familiar with the service," the Los Angeles Times said that Google's Instant Messaging program would be called Google Talk and could be launched as early as Wednesday.

Google Talk goes beyond text-based instant messaging using a computer keyboard to let users hold voice conversations with other computer users, the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the company's product plans.

If confirmed, the combined computer text and voice-calling service would put Google in competition with a similar service pioneered by Skype, which has attracted tens of millions of users, especially in Europe, to its own service.

Separately, independent journalist Om Malik on his blog at http://gigaom.com/ pointed to technical clues that suggest Google is preparing to run an instant messaging service based on an open-source system known as Jabber.

Jabber technology would allow Google instant message users to connect with established IM systems that also work with Jabber, including America Online's ICQ and Apple Computer Inc.'s iChat, Malik said.

"This is the worst possible news for someone like Skype, because now they will be up against not two but three giants who want to offer a pale-version of Skype," he wrote.

Earlier this week, Google said it was branching out beyond pure search to help users manage e-mail, instant messages, news headlines and music. It introduced a new service called the Google Sidebar, a stand-alone software program that sits on a user's desktop and provides "live" information updates.

Over the past year or so, the company has expanded into e-mail, online maps, personalized news and more.

The product push comes as rivals Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL are all pushing to upgrade existing instant messaging systems and expand into new Internet phone-calling services.

Google's moves take it beyond its roots in Web search and closer to becoming a broad-based Internet media company.

With instant messaging, Google would be breaking into a market in which its major competitors boast tens of millions of subscribers to their established instant messaging services.

America Online, with its AIM and ICQ brands, counts more than 40 million IM users in the United States alone. Yahoo has around 20 million and Microsoft's MSN Messenger numbers some 14 million users, according to recent comScore Media Metrix data.

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