So, I got a letter from the Canadian Embassy today. It turns out that I didn't complete all of Kadee's Canadian citizenship papers right. It is a priority. It always amazes me how you Americans are so content to piss away your rights. Hell, if you don't have anything to hide, why not let the Government do what it wants, right? I guess the Founding Fathers were criminals when they insisted on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments? The latest outrage for me is this Department of Homeland Security plan to require all Americans to get government permission to travel. Under proposed regulations, all would be passengers or international or domestic flights, "to, from, via or within" the US would have to have government issued ID and case by case permission by DHS to the airline to allow the passenger to board. Nice country. Screw the US Supreme Court cases that say the right to travel is almost absolute. Now, if the DHS doesn't say "yes" you can't travel. What if you are overseas and want to come home? What if the government doesn't like your political rantings on your blog? As if "extraordinary rendition" (i.e. where the US government sends people to be tortured) was not enough. I am not making this up. Go check it out. In our lifetimes, the American "birthright" of being able to travel where you wanted and to work where you wanted will be gone. I'm not sure Canada can resist the slide towards tyranny. But first thing Monday morning, I am going to correct my errors. I am fuming. Government permission to travel!! You people are insane! Your papers please.


Anonymous said…
Thanks for posting this, americans need to wake up to the truth. I am an american, and I absolutely agree with everything you said. It's insane where my nation is heading and very depressing to have to watch this crap happening. The government is stripping us of our constitutional rights and for the most part everyone's acting like nothing at all is happening. I am outraged!
Wanderlust said…

Please show us where the proposed travel restrictions on U.S. Citizens is located. Thanks.
Wanderlust I'll post the proposed CFR's in a few hours. It won't mean much except to lawyers but I'll let everyone read the proposed law for themselves.
Wow. I've tried to find the exact languge and it is tiring me out. I see how DHS is justifying it: they want to know who is on the plane before it takes off. But the actual regulation is somewhere on some government website. Just google this issue: you will see a variety of stories on from all over the world commenting on the regulation.
Anonymous said…
Any comment on the Florida tasing incident? Wonderful society we are building.

PFD KING said…
$1654.00 reasons to be an Alaskan.
A place where you can never be too fat or too drunk or too stupid.
Wanderlust said…
Secure Flight Program
Layers of Security

Overview | NPRM Public Hearing | Q and As | Mission and Goals | Privacy Protection
What We Are Doing Next
October - TSA Administrator Kip Hawley is scheduled to testify before the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, October 16.

Final day for submission of public comments to the Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rule Making is Monday, October 22. Instructions for submitting comments can be found here. Comments will be evaluated and used in preparing the final rule.

A public meeting was held by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled "Secure Flight Program" on September 20, 2007.

Listen to a replay of the audio webcast.
Read TSA Administrator Kip Hawley's opening statement

Those unable to attend the meeting are invited to provide written comments, which must be received by October 22, 2007.
Read the notice of public meeting and request for comments. (pdf, 57Kb)

Click here to read the
specific recommendations
in the 9/11 Commission
Report.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking significant steps toward implementing a key 9/11 Commission recommendation - uniform watch list matching by TSA - also known as Secure Flight.

The program is designed to conduct uniform prescreening of passenger information against federal government watch lists for domestic and international flights. Currently, air carriers are responsible for checking passengers against government watch lists.

Under Secure Flight, TSA will receive information for each passenger. TSA will then determine any matches of information with government watch lists and transmit matching results back to aircraft operators. To this end, the TSA has issued the Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) (3.7Mb, pdf), which lays out the Department of Homeland Security's plans to assume watch list matching.

Secure Flight will match limited passenger information against government watch lists to identify known and suspected terrorists, prevent known and suspected terrorists from boarding an aircraft, facilitate legitimate passenger air travel, and protect individuals' privacy. Secure Flight will:

Identify known and suspected terrorists;
Prevent individuals on the No Fly List from boarding an aircraft;
Identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening,
Facilitate passenger air travel by providing fair, equitable and consistent matching process across all aircraft operators; and
Protect individuals' privacy
The NPRM initiates a public comment period that will enable the traveling public to voice comments and concerns. Initial implementation of Secure Flight is expected to occur in late 2008.

DHS is also publishing the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Pre-Departure Final Rule, which enables DHS to collect manifest information for international flights departing from or arriving in the United States prior to boarding. Together with Secure Flight, these measures will strengthen aviation security through uniform and consistent passenger pre-screening against government watch lists. CBP and TSA will combine the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) and Secure Flight concepts and systems to provide "One DHS Solution" to the commercial aviation industry and the traveling public.

Current watch list process requires multiple airlines to check passenger data
Currently, aircraft operators match passenger reservation data against a watch list provided by TSA so individuals known to pose a threat to aviation are not allowed to fly – period. Through the Secure Flight program, TSA will assume responsibility for this function from aircraft operators.

Secure Flight will improve process and drastically reduce misidentifications
By moving watch list matching responsibilities away from the airlines and centralizing it in-house, TSA will ensure a higher level of consistency and will help remedy possible misidentifications if a traveler's name is similar to one found on a watch list. It is to the passenger's advantage to provide the requested data elements (listed below) as doing so may prevent delays or inconveniences at the airport. This is particularly important for those individuals who have similar names to those on the watch lists or passengers with common names. Failure to provide the additional data elements may result in inconvenience.

TSA is requesting comment on the data elements through the rulemaking process to determine whether date of birth and gender should be mandatory data elements, and will consider all comments received. TSA will not collect or use commercial data to conduct Secure Flight watch list matching.
Additionally, bringing watch list matching into the government will provide consistent application of an expedited and integrated redress process for passengers that believe they have been misidentified as a threat. Click here for more information about DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) to provide a one-stop shop for passengers seeking redress.

Secure Flight ensures security without compromising privacy
Ensuring the privacy of individuals is a cornerstone of Secure Flight. TSA has developed a comprehensive privacy plan to incorporate privacy laws and practices into all areas of Secure Flight. The program has worked extensively to maximize individual privacy.

TSA will collect the minimum amount of personal information necessary to conduct effective watch list matching. TSA is issuing a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and System of Records Notice (SORN) to provide detailed information about the program's privacy approach in conjunction with its NPRM.

The only required data elements will be name and itinerary. All other personal data will be completely voluntary.

Additional Resources
Read the Press Release
Specific recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report
Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) (3.7Mb, pdf)
Advance Passenger Information System Pre-Departure Final Rule (4.5Mb, pdf)
Secure Flight - Privacy Impact Assessment (222Kb, pdf)
Secure Flight - System of Records Notice (555Kb, pdf)
DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)
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The official version sounds great. More security? Yay! But read it closely. "Pre-screening" really means permission.

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