Immigration Reformer Plays Joke on Security Guard
Hal Netkin, American Patrol, Jul. 19
Federal Bureau of Investigation
11000 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
RE: Good news for Al Qaida
On Friday, July 16, 2004, I went to the Federal
Building on Van Nuys Blvd., in Van Nuys (Calif.), to ask the IRS some questions
about doing an amended return.
The very friendly and sharp security guard by
the name of Smith, who manages the metal detector machine through which everyone
is required to pass, noted that my cell phone was also a camera and told me
that I would have to leave it in my car. I went back to my car, left the cell
phone, and returned to the federal building.
When I went to enter the federal building a second
time, the same security guard asked me for identification. I showed him my driver
license and was cleared to pass through the metal detector machine. But before
I went through, I pulled my personal Matricula
Card which I legally
carry as a novelty, and jokingly displayed it and asked the guard if he would
have allowed me in had I tried to falsify my identity with the card. He told
me that he had instructions to accept the matricula ID, as the Matricula is
the only form of ID for many tax payers who need assistance from the IRS. When
I pointed out that it would be unlikely for a person like myself, who has blond
hair (what I have of it) and blue eyes to have a legitimate matricula card,
he said that he was not allowed to profile and so would have allowed me to enter.
When I asked him if he had any way to verify the
authenticity of the card or verify the card holder’s information, he said
he did not.
When I mentioned to Smith that there was a federal
mandate against the use of matricula cards in federal buildings, he said that
such information hasn’t trickled down to him yet.
With Al Qaida studying the vulnerability of Federal
Buildings and other targets, I consider this a serious matter.
Van Nuys, CA 91407
(Posted on July 19, 2004)
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