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Stolen Blank Passports Aiding Terrorists

Stolen blank passports in the hundreds of thousands, along with millions of other virgin documents, allow known terrorists to breeze across borders, Interpol officials said. Ronald Noble, Interpol’s first American secretary general, told The Associated Press that only 34 countries of 181 members have agreed to share their data. But, together, they report 80,000 missing passports. “This is only what’s on file,” Noble said. “You can imagine the rest. If we don’t have a global database with everyone contributing, think of all the terrorists and criminals trading in documents.” By multiplying the 34 members’ lists of stolen blank passports by a factor of five, Noble said, the number reaches 400,000. Although he did not single out countries, other Interpol officials said that the United States, Britain and Germany were among Interpol members that did not share their databases. All members are able to consult the list even if they do not contribute information to it. Full Story

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