If you're using a forged passport while committing a terrorist act, be sure to carry supporting documentation with the same name, and have a good cover story for why you have the passport. That diabolical tourist tip was among the terrorist how-tos contained in a trove of handwritten notes found earlier this month in a house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, abandoned by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

It's hardly news that the immigration system is a mess. Foreign nationals have long been slipping across the border with bogus papers, and visitors who arrive in the U.S. legitimately often overstay their legal welcomes...

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