Your Papers Please?

Via the AP:

Nearly all air travelers entering the U.S. will be required to show passports beginning Jan. 23, including returning Americans and people from Canada and other nations in the Western Hemisphere.

The date was disclosed Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an interview with The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department plans to announce the change on Wednesday.

This includes Americans traveling to Mexico, Bermuda and Canada, countries where birth certificates or drivers' licenses have always sufficed.

The cost of a passport? $97.00. For a family of four planning a trip, that's not cheap change. HSA says currently only 1 in 4 Americans have a passport.

What's next? Requiring infants to register for a social security card before the age of three? DNA testing at birth? This is just the kind of overkill that shows that the terrorists have won Bush's War on Terror by causing us to diminish our way of life and the degree of mutual trust we citizens have maintained with our government.

In ten years, will we even recognize our own country? I'll bet Osama will be sitting in his cave giggling it up with five or six of his number two henchman about how easily we fell into his scare scheme.

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    I'll bet... (none / 0) (#1)
    by jerry on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:01:49 AM EST
    I'll bet Osama will be sitting in his office at Halliburton giggling it up with five or six of his number two CxOs about how easily we fell into their scare scheme.

    There, fixed it for you.

    Late (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:13:48 AM EST
    The other way to look at this is that we should have been requiring passports since day one, and are very late in just doing it now.

    Why not just... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:21:15 AM EST
    ...tattoo numbers on their arms?

    It's not as good as implants... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:23:12 AM EST
    ...and bar code scanners.

    But it'll work. :-/


    infant passports (none / 0) (#5)
    by cowboyx on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:55:06 AM EST
    An infant will be required to hold their own passport when travelling from the US to Canada after Jan 8., so the SS# before 3 years of age isn't such a stretch of the imagination.

    Our child was born a week and a half ago, we should be able to get his birth certificate before we go to Canuckistan on the 20th...but if we had to get a passport...or if he was born a week or so late...thousands of dollars of tickets would be wasted.

    Infant Social Security Number (none / 0) (#6)
    by Beck on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:59:07 AM EST
    I think that social security numbers are required at birth right now. If you want to claim the personal exemption for the child on your federal income tax you have to provide the child's social security number.

    more papers please (none / 0) (#7)
    by blmurch on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 09:25:08 AM EST
    Have you heard about what the DHS wants to do?  They want to clear passenger manifestos an hour before takeoff.  If you are not specifically "cleared" you cannot leave or enter Amerika.  An absence of a no is not sufficient.  I have not heard much about this and it's a really awful proposal. Reading the Federal Register was scary.

    How many security holes do you want? (none / 0) (#8)
    by jarober on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 09:30:41 AM EST
    Passports are a minimal precaution for closing a hole that exists now.  How easy do you want it to be for bad actors who wish to enter the US?  

    Suckerity? (none / 0) (#11)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 10:24:05 AM EST
    Yep, Security Trumps All.

    I have an idea - let's make a list of all possible thing to be afraid of, and make anybody who makes you nervous a felon.


    Ten digit ID... (none / 0) (#9)
    by desertswine on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 10:06:15 AM EST
    In the near future, we'll all have transponders implanted at birth. Like zoo or farm animals.

    And sold wrapped in pretty packaging... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 10:17:08 AM EST
    ...that tells them how much easier and better life will be. No more forgetting your bank card - just wave your hand over the scanner. Never have to worry about losing your wallet again - you'll be your wallet. Want to clear customs? Just walk through this electronic gate please, sir. Is my sentence over - can I leave this place now? One second - let's scan you.... Yep, you can go now.

    A hackers paradise. ;-)


    closer than you think (none / 0) (#17)
    by blmurch on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 12:39:42 PM EST
    According to the blog "PapersPlease" the US govt wants all farm animals registered.  Once people get used to animals being chipped (which is already happening with pets) it shouldn't be too large of a leap...

    It will be a hackers paradise. (none / 0) (#18)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 01:06:22 PM EST
    I wasn't kidding. ;-)

    I'm pretty good with computers. But there are millions who are much more skilled than I am. And lot's who would love the technical challenges.

    Imagine... they could steal not only your pin number, and not only your identity, but your history and your reputation as well.

    Or just invent a few "people" out of a few lines of code.


    Passport (none / 0) (#12)
    by sedipple on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 10:44:00 AM EST
    Screw um, let the airlines fold and Chertoff too.

    Doublespeak (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 10:50:48 AM EST
    You guys need to brush up on your doublespeak....this is freedom on the march!

    I hear TL....when we get old we won't recognize this place.  Future generations will have to read history books to know what freedom is.

    It'll be a... (none / 0) (#14)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 11:06:58 AM EST
    ...quaint old fashioned idea that only hermits and hobos and freaks and hairies will attach any value to. ;-)

    But... (none / 0) (#15)
    by Edger on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 11:14:21 AM EST
    Just another day spent trying... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Bill Arnett on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 12:35:41 PM EST
    ...to subjugate the masses and show 'em who the boss is.

    These are all just fear/war-mongering baby steps toward that totalitarian society the rethugs so crave.

    Remember the old NRA line, "If you ban guns, only criminals will have guns"?

    Well, here you could write that, "If you passport, brand, inject IC chip identifiers, or otherwise restrict the lawful travel of citizens, the terrorists will be the only ones you cannot monitor."