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09:39 pm: Fingerprints

"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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Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable


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Date:November 7th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
Meh, they have all my fingerprints.

At least they're applying it to everyone, unlike the 'random' bag searches at Heathrow.
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Date:November 8th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Actually the randomity is more efficient as it is not predictible.
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Date:November 8th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
I haven't set a foot in the US since Sept. 2001 [*].

I don't intend to do so until they remove the need of fingerprinting to enter their country. Visitors are not criminals! Even the Government of Canada did not request my fingerprints for the Permanent Residency.

Worse: who know who is dealing with the database and who has access to it. At the time where the US Govt subcontract as much as they can to the cheapest, the question is perfectly legitimate...

[*] Technically there is ONE exception due to a short sight on my part.
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Date:November 11th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Amusingly, when I went to New York a few weeks ago, the entire JFK computer system crashed just as our plane arrived. We all had to mill around for a half-hour or so, and they they grudgingly had to manually process everyone, which meant that they couldn't fingerprint or photograph us.
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Date:November 19th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Yeah. I knew about this and were only talking about it the other night when I had some friends round for dinner. I really think I am very close to deciding, that I have given up on visiting America until things change which may be never.
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