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The Practical Implications of the WHTI June 28, 2009

Posted by Matthew in USA, WHTI.
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Editor’s Note: This is a great article about the upsides of the WHTI, and why it was put in place. It doesn’t discuss the privacy issues in regards to the implementation of the WHTI, but rather focuses on how the anti-fraud measures will make it harder for fraudsters to enter the U.S. This article is reprinted with permission of www.stratfor.com.

Fred Burton was formerly the Deputy Chief of the Counter-Terrorism division of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), and is currently STRATFOR‘s VP of Counterterrorism and Corporate Security.

By Scott Stewart and Fred Burton

On June 1, 2009, the land and sea portion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will go into effect. The WHTI is a program launched as a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and intended to standardize the documents required to enter the United States. The stated goal of WHTI is to facilitate entry for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors while reducing the possibility of people entering the country using fraudulent documents. (more…)

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