The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) says it received 16,500 fraudulent applications between October 2005 and September 2006, but less than 50 per cent were caught by the safeguards currently in place, admits the department.
Dhiren Barot, the most senior al-Qaida terrorist captured in the UK, had seven passports including two fake UK ones and Salaheddine Benyaich, who is serving 18 years in Morocco for terrorism, had in his possession two passports in the name of a genuine British citizen.
The IPS says that, from May this year, adult first-time passport applicants will have to answer up to 200 questions before being issued with a passport.
The fact that the IPS will be the government department responsible for issuing terrorism-busting national ID cards is unlikely to be either striking fear into the hearts of evil-doers or instilling confidence in the population of the UK that the War on Turr™ is being won. µ
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