Posted on July 19, 2004

Immigration Reformer Plays Joke on Security Guard

Hal Netkin, American Patrol, Jul. 19

Richard Garcia

Assistant Director

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.

Hal Netkin

POB 3465

Van Nuys, CA 91407

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