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Slow but steady progress to internal passport controls

Via the impolitic:

Via John Cole's comment section, more proof of the impending police state.

The Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security are quietly pushing for a set of crazy new rules. All travellers in the U.S. will be required to get government-issued credentials and official clearance before every flight, both within the United States as well as internationally.

And Monday we received a new political action alert from Edward Hasbrouk, The Practical Nomad blogger who's been fighting the plan (and who testified about it at a TSA hearing). "The international Advance Passenger Information System rules were published, as 'final' effective February 19,2008, with no further opportunity for public comment even on the changes from the original proposal."

That's domestic flights too. How much of a stretch is it really from this, to imagine having to surrender your papers to cross the state line in your car? Or even the city limits?

And then there's this expansion of the terrorist watch list. It has 755,000 names on it right now and it's growing by 200,000 a year. Experts say it's inconceivable that there could be that many terrorists. Judging from the number of academians and other respectable critics of the administration who have been denied entry to the country based on that list, I'd say they were right.

More proof, if any were needed, that the real "terrorists" are ordinary American people.

After all, they're the ones who are being tracked, wiretapped, surveilled, and generally hassled.

Watch what they do, instead of listening to what they say.

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

The Bush junta expected a domestic insurrection from day one. They're still preparing for it.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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I have seen the initial post and there's information in it that's wrong. There is no new government ID that will be required to fly.

The Secure Flight rule notes that a small amount of passengers may be asked to produce an existing government-issued identification - such as a current driver's license or passport to verify information provided to the airline. This would be necessary only in cases when the personal data provided by the passenger at the time of reservation is insufficient or incorrect.