Our government is treating us the way exterminators treat vermin.
We are ruled by people who mask evil ideology with the artful
use of language, so an advertising slogan is in order.
“Roaches check in, but they don’t check out.”
The United States government is now proposing that the roach
treatment be meted out to American humans who want to visit Canada,
Mexico, Panama and Bermuda. These countries currently do not require
visiting Americans to have passports.
The United States can’t force these nations to change their laws,
so they are changing ours. The Department of State is proposing
that Americans returning from these countries be required to have
passports in order to re-enter
the United States. We’ll be able to check in, but not check out
without letting Uncle Sam know where we have been.
When the President was asked about the new travel proposals he
feigned both ignorance
Bush added that finger prints may be used “to serve as a so-called
passport for daily traffic.” Assuming this statement has any bearing
in reality, a big leap to be sure, the President is proposing
that we should all be finger printed like criminals. Bush once
joked that a dictatorship wouldn’t bother him, as long as he was
the dictator. His wish has come true.
Not only will Americans require passports to travel everywhere,
but beginning in 2007 our passports will have Radio Frequency
Identity (RFID) chips embedded
inside them. Any RFID reader, not just those used by customs officials,
can be used to find all the information contained on a passport.
That means our personal information is not secure from identity
thieves, kidnappers, terrorists, or nosy individuals. Why would
an administration that claims to make us more secure actually
make us less so?
“Unfortunately, there is only one possible reason: The administration
wants surreptitious access themselves,” wrote security technologist
Schneier in the October 4, 2004 International Herald Tribune.
“It wants to be able to identify people in crowds. It wants to
surreptitiously pick out the Americans, and pick out the foreigners.
It wants to do the very thing that it insists, despite demonstrations
to the contrary, can't be done.”
The story gets even worse. Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security, recently became a board member
Technology. Savi supplies RFID technology to the military.
Will Savi and Tom Ridge make money from the imminent embedding
of RFID chips in our passports? It is as likely as Dick Cheney
and Halliburton making money in Iraq. The Bush doctrine of enriching
cronies and keeping the population under control is alive and
The writing has been on the wall for some time now. We fight
back as well as we can but big brother keeps getting bigger. Is
it time to throw in the towel? Should we take our passports with
their tracking devices and get out of Dodge before sundown?
Most progressives have muttered at one time or another that they
would leave the country if Bush won again. Well, he did and it
is as bad as we feared. The future isn’t looking a lot brighter
and the attacks have become more brazen.
People who call themselves Christians speak of a legislative
“nuclear option” meant to end the Senate filibuster and silence
critics of the powerful. Even religious leaders have happily adopted
the language of violence and death.
Their latest target is the judiciary. Even Republican appointees
are not safe from their wrath. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy
is one of the five who voted to put George W. Bush in office.
It didn’t do him much good with the Christian right.
One Edwin Vieira, an alleged expert on constitutional law and
a right wing crazy,
accused Kennedy of upholding “Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles
drawn from foreign law.” He also had this to say about the Reagan
“He (Stalin) had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever
he ran into difficulty, No man: no problem.”
Joseph Stalin, the man who ruled an officially atheist nation,
is now the darling of the Christian right. Anyone who dispatched
their enemies ruthlessly is now their idol. When conservative
jurists are fair game for violent threats from the Christian right,
don’t bother seeking sanctuary in a church. Just pack your bags.
This nation is on a runaway train with insane people at the controls.
We will end up in Crazyland, forever in debt, without social security,
with RFID chips embedded in our foreheads. At a certain point
it will be too late to jump. We may not have reached that point
yet, but the train is not slowing down.