Only Terrorists Go to Canada
Department of Homeland Security Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative – to require that Americans without passports stay the fuck home, and Canadians on vacation without passports stay the fuck away. (Mexicans without passports will still be welcome to crawl across the Sonoran Desert, provided that they don’t complain when they die or almost die or the people-smugglers break their children’s kneecaps.)
The language in this cute little Homeland Security FAQ has blown past even my elevated barriers of cynicism and growing distaste for the word “Orwellian”:
- Preventing us from re-entering the country on the only form of ID we routinely carry around will “facilitate entry for U.S. citizens”.
travel document options– so okay, that’s not Orwellian, it’s Marketroidy.
The advanced notice of proposed rule making will allow these affected publics to voice concern and provide ideas for alternate documents.– I like how voicing concern isn’t tied to any suggestion of actually altering the policy if the public deems it necessary.
Wired recommends wrapping your future passport in aluminum foil. Incidentally, my current passport has a little page where you can enter your address in pencil. What on earth is the point of coding an address in an RFID chip on a document that lasts for ten years? Even normal people change addresses on that kind of time scale!
Bleah. [from Rana]