The Masquerade Ball

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By Michael W. Cutler

Mike is a Senior Fellow with CAPS and retired INS Senior Special Agent. During his 30-year career with the INS he rotated through all of the squads within the Investigations Branch. He was assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the DEA and for 10 years was assigned, as an INS Senior Special Agent, to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force. He has testified at numerous hearings conducted by committees and subcommittees of the House and Senate and provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission.

He hosts "The Michael Cutler Hour" on USA Talk Radio Fridays at 7 p.m. (EST) and is frequently interviewed by broadcast media on various aspects of immigration issues, especially the nexus to national security.

The writer's views are his own.

January 14, 2014

On January 10, 2013, news reports appeared throughout New York City about how individuals dressed in full costume (including as various Toy Story and Disney cartoon characters) had groped and pinched women passing them on a Manhattan street. The CBS radio report that appeared online was typical of these reports:

Man Dressed As ‘Toy Story’ Character Arrested In Times Square On Sex Abuse Charges

The CBS story reported that similar incidents had been occurring for about a year and a half, and on any given day there might to “up to 60 unregulated characters” on the streets of New York City. A source quoted in the story wanted to see more “consumer protection” and “consumer safety,” and suggested there should be a way “to make everybody register so we can take away the anonymity, so we know who these guys are behind the mask.”

While these full-body costumes obviously conceal those who wear them, illegal aliens who engage in identity theft are also able to operate anonymously, thereby endangering public safety. This is why the 9/11 Commission was so concerned about how easily the 9/11 terrorists and other such terrorists and criminals were able to obtain identity documents, such as driver's licenses, that concealed their true identities.

The paradox is that while city officials are seeking to devise a strategy to address some 60 individuals who are concealing their identities in costumes, they are happy to provide “sanctuary” to an unlimited number of illegal aliens whose presence in the United States represents a violation of the borders and laws that were designed to protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers. When they commit identity theft they are donning a paper costume that is more effective than a fabric costume at enabling them to hide in plain sight.

This is not, however, the first time that such an obvious disconnect has been evidenced by political officials in New York or elsewhere. Read “New York’s Mayor Bloomberg Demands Trespassers be Prosecuted, but Ignores Dangers Posed by Immigration Law Violators.” Next, the now former NYC mayor proposed fingerprinting everyone in public housing in New York City. Bloomberg said, “The people that live there (in public housing), most of them, want more police protection. They want more people. If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you, why are you here?’”

It is astonishing to consider that political leaders readily understand the dangers posed by those who conceal their identities or trespass into public housing or other venues where they are not supposed to be. Yet, they ignore the obvious: aliens who evade the inspections process are trespassing on the United States of America, posing a clear and obvious threat to national security and public safety.

In the days, weeks and months after the 9/11 terror attacks, a veritable parade of political leaders stood before microphones and cameras of various news organizations to ask why no one had connected the dots.

We have, once again, connected the dots. The next move is up to the politicans.


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