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Wednesday, April 4

"All for the sake of a beer on Caroline Street"

What ever happened to the days of just getting someone who looked like you and using their ID (not that I would have any experience there)?

These IDs — and I've only seen pictures — are impressive to say the least, but I guess that's what you get when you turn to the international black market in the Eastern Bloc.

That may seem like a hyperbole, but check out the video that the SSPD and DA showed before the press conference on the kids who were arrested (and if you don't have any idea what I'm talking about click here)

Before the video, SSPD Lt. John Catone said: "I do not want you to interpret that the arrests we made today are terrorists that you are going to see in this video. What we are trying to show is the link and the damage that the whole counterfeit ID process can cause."

Of course, then he pointed out that the majority of the terrorists who boarded planes on 9/11 had counterfeit IDs and a number of times both Catone and Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III pointed out the IDs could fool the TSA.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The children mentioned in the paper have no idea what they have done to themselves.

If Mr. Smero wanted his daughter to have alcohol he could have bought it for her. Why? would be a good question but that is beside the point.

April 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:18...I wonder if they even care,this is pretty advanced mischief.

April 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I rest my case about the international crisis this is creating in our own back yards. This man has helped to ruin many lives in the process and I understand his wife and all the children flew off on vacation yesterday to Florida, how lovely probably got the fake ID so the daughter can drink on vaca and quite possibly leave the country. Nothing stopping her, Daddy little girl had alot of help and so did many other Daddy's Girl. I hope the throw the book at this guy, he deserves every bit of what he gets.

April 5, 2012 at 8:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This also reflects the theory that legisaltion cannot effect behavior. this country has degressed severely in the last ten yesrs. Regardless of closing hours house parties which allow more than alcohol will flourish and create larger problems. This individual should get the maximum sentence to set the example Saratoga Springs will not tolerate parental misbhavior and lack of accoutnability. Anthing less would be a disgrace.

April 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM 

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