Hong Kong Brit with passport living in UK, goes to eg., Spain and opens up chinese restaurant. [all perfectly legal]. Sends his passport to HK, and relation or friend or other roughly same age and looks uses passport to gain entry to Europe...........repeated ad nauseum. Is this a simple way to circumvent national securty or what? This is not having go at the Chinese and could apply equally to 100,000's of non-EU foreigners in Spain and elsewhere in Europe.
Do you have some insider information that the two are linked, or are you just pi$$ing into wind? Text you linked suggested US knew sweet FA about it, hardly a success for a NSA call monitoring programme if true, is it?
The point is that if they get into the country illegally they might still need to coordinate by phone or perhaps this could be al qaeda's answer to NSA monitoring programs. The good thing is that this ring was shut down and the leads generated will allow for the arrest of all those holding fake passports. Frankly our border with Mexico is so wide open they dont need fake documents all they need to do is walk across the border. A scary thought.
Are you now saying that the NSA should begin monitoring domestic communications too - on the hope of coming across an 'illegal' with a dodgy colombian passport, who might also be an al-Qaida operative, dodging the NSA? Oh boy!!!
At what point does the NSA recognise that the intercepts they have on their desk are from US citizens and then back track - or do they continue evesdropping with presidential approval?
The good thing is that this ring was shut down and the leads generated will allow for the arrest of all those holding fake passports.
Precisely. Which suggests/proves all that the "upgraded security" at your airports is a waste of money. As many 'security experts' have been saying for quite a while now - all that queuing and photography is a waste of time, money and effort. But it does score a few extra votes for the GOP amongst the ignorant masses - so I guess all those tax $$$ were well spent.