An illegal immigrant named Mario Bustamante, 37, used multiple sources of fake identification to obtain “security clearance on a high security military airbase,” as reported this week by Faye DeHoff of KVOA. Bustamante worked for Briston Construction and did work contracted by the government at the high security Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Bustamante was discovered after being pulled over for a traffic violation, where he identified himself as “Armando Villalobos” to a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy.
According to DeHoff, after a conversation, the illegal immigrant “admitted that he was in the United States illegally and his name was really Mario Bustamante.”
The story is reminiscent of the mass killer Aaron Alexis, also a government contractor, who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in September, as reported at NBC News. The ease in which Alexis received security clearance prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order a “a worldwide review of physical security measures at all US military installations,” as reported at CNN.
It is interesting that a Sheriff’s deputy can get to the truth with one simple conversation, but the federal government could not manage to spot the red flags, even with renewed focus on “physical security measures at all US military installations” by the Defense Secretary of the United States.
Bustamante admitted that he had an “Arizona Identification Card, a Social Security Card, a Bank Card and his vehicle registration” all under the fake name, and with the phony documents was able to receive security clearance at the Air Force Base.
Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.