By Corey Pein
06/30/2010 - 07/06/2010
Following this month.s arrest of a Keysville man carrying two
"flash-bang" grenades and other devices onto Fort Gordon, the Metro
Spirit decided to revisit a story it ran in 2007 discussing some of the
security issues on base.
AUGUSTA, GA -- A broken window, a stolen purse, a lost ID. For most
people, this would be a headache.
For those in the military and intelligence business - which is quite a
lot of people around here - it could be a serious problem, one that
The theft of a military ID becomes a potential hole in the security of
Fort Gordon and the National Security Agency offices there.
Such thefts are common, judging by Richmond County Sheriff.s Office
reports. Rarely does a week go by without at least one military-issued
card reported lost or stolen, usually out of a vehicle.
No doubt many such thefts are run-of-the-mill acts of petty crooks
looking for stereos or cash who wouldn't recognize the value of a
military ID. But what concerns the Department of Defense are the
professional underworld types who know what can be done with a ticket
into a secure area.
A military intelligence report issued in 2005, first obtained by
journalist William Arkin, reveals official concerns about a growing
black market in stolen and counterfeit military IDs.
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