Serial No. 108-117: Stolen Passports: A Terrorist's First Class Ticket: Hearing before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 23, 2004   [open pdf - 255KB]

From the opening statement of Henry J. Hyde: "In today's world, when countries are tightening up their border controls due to terrorism concerns, what could be more valuable than a first class ticket to travel anywhere in the world? A stolen passport may be worth more than its weight in gold. As we will hear today, travel document fraud represents a growing concern of law enforcement around the world. Certainly, here in the U.S., it is viewed as a serious threat to national security. Last month, the State Department announced a new program that would contribute to the security of our Nation. The U.S. will now participate in Interpol's stolen document database, which is available to border authorities worldwide. Not only will this sharing of vital information curb the movements of organized criminals and terrorists, but it will significantly reduce identity theft problems, as well. We laud the efforts of Interpol in taking the initiative by assembling a very useful tool to be used by the international community. I believe it will substantially contribute to the level of security that all nations desire to achieve. I look forward to hearing the testimony of our witnesses today in order to gauge the level of a problem which exists both in the U.S. and on a worldwide basis, and to assess our efforts in curbing the theft of travel documents." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Clark Kent Ervin, Frank Moss, James M. Sullivan, Henry J. Hyde, and Joseph R. Pitts.

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