An oldie but a goodie: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a4_229.html
An earlier thread that may be of interest (I referred to the Manashian case in post 14): http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=365078
And lastly, a typographical suggestion: the references to the U.S. State Department are inconsistent. Usually it’s (properly) capitalized. However, it’s lowercase in numbered paragraph (3) of Cecil’s column, numbered paragraph (5) of Jose Diaz’s story, and in [Little Ed’s bracketed reference].
MODERATOR COMMENT: This thread is from 2008, update in Post #25 in 11/2013 and again in post #26 in 2/2014 – CKDH