Thursday, February 02, 2006

US-VISIT immigration boondoggle

A coworker from Spain was just telling me about this ridiculous charade he and his family had to play when coming and going through customs. Now its on Boing Boing: US-VISIT immigration system spent $15 million per crook caught

Not only do they photograph and fingerprint everyone in his family every time they enter the country, they also subject them to utterly stupid interrogations. And not just he and his wife, but the whole family, 3 and 5 year old kids included. As if a family of four is some kind of terrorist threat! It's akin to placing babies and grandmas on the TSA watch list. Utterly moronic bureaucracy in (clueless) action.

On the other hand, he noted that other countries are just as bad. German customs in particular were singled out for following strictly regimented and foolish rules.

How comforting...

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