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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 11:14 PM
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74. Are you ready for some MORE about Accenture?
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Visitors from other countries arent consistently screened for terrorist ties.
The US-VISIT program, a $10 billion contract, recently was awarded to Accenture Ltd.,. an offshore company initially called Andersen Consulting when it was formed by partners in Arthur Andersen LLC, the accounting firm disgraced in the Enron debacle.
The program is operating at some of the nations entry points 115 airports, 14 seaports and few land borders.
The largest nondefense contract awarded by the federal government, the fingerprint-scanning system has drawn fire from experts who say it doesnt thoroughly match visitors fingerprints against international terrorist watch lists.

Department of Homeland Security officials say time will improve the system.

Its something that over time will be upgraded and expanded and will ultimately try to capture complete travel records when a foreign traveler arrives and departs the U.S., said DHS spokeswoman Kimberly Wiseman.

Although the system has resulted in 700 to 900 hits of immigration violators and those wanted for crimes such as rape and murder, Wiseman admitted it hasnt snagged a terrorist that I am aware of.

Wiseman also admitted visitors to general aviation airports arent subject to similar scrutiny. We dont have those federal inspection areas for private jets, she said, adding DHS is considering adding mobile units.


Also, the US-VISIT contract requires only a portion of the nations land border entry points be monitored by the end of this year.
Recent government intelligence reports have suggested the porous Mexican border might be attractive to terrorists staging in Latin America.
A U.S. House aide who recently toured the Mexican border said she was startled to find many border guards without radios.
As for the US-VISIT system monitoring alien departures, part of its mandate, just three pilot projects are under way in Baltimore, Miami and Chicago.

(and to read more: http://newsrus.blogspot.com /)
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