updated 4:45 p.m. CT, Fri., Dec. 28, 2007
By Richard Greenberg, Adam Ciralsky, Stone Phillips
At the Santo Domingo airport in the Dominican Republic, a foreign visitor makes his way through the Immigration line. An agent swipes his passport through the computer. Everything checks out. The official stamps the passport. Another tourist has entered the country. In this case, though, the traveler is not who he appears to be. He is an undercover investigator. His passport is real, but it has been issued under a false identity. He has just demonstrated how easy it is to obtain and use fraudulent travel documents.
It seems like fake passports could be allowing potential terrorists into the country. Which leads me to ask, was Mohammad Atta his real name?
What if there are people on the No-Fly list, and they get a fake passport?