Ian (ringbark) wrote,

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"I will try to end the humiliation of foreign tourists to the USA but only if 500 non-Americans will not travel to the USA while the humiliation continues."

— Judith Meyer, Concerned traveller

As we speak, millions of tourists begin their trip to the USA with an experience of intense humiliation. Before they are able to see any welcoming face, airport officials of the Department of Homeland Security take the fingerprints of their left and right index fingers and their photograph, much like the police takes fingerprints of people suspected of a serious crime. In contrast to the police however, the fingerprints are taken *every single time*, that is on 30 flights out of 30 for a businessman who routinely has to travel to the USA, even if the trips are only a week apart. And not for reason of having deleted the data in the meantime - the American government indefinitely saves even the most minute detail about tourists they have no reason to suspect, from the credit card information to the meal they have chosen on the plane. This system was deployed by the Department of Homeland Security on December 31st 2003 and is known as US-VISIT. Only Canadians and Mexicans are temporarily exempt, European tourists for example are not, even though they are exempt from needing visas.

Read more at http://www.pledgebank.com/Fingerprints - pass it on
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