Read this article.
Its incredible. It reminds me of the last time I traveled to the United States. I had a similar experience but obviously nothing as drastic as the woman from the article. I met one of those tiny poor excuses for a human lifeform security personnel that tried to inflict his “power” on me to prove his superiority. According to his information I was some hardened criminal who had been finger printed somewhere for some unknown crime for which he was ready to deny me access simply because I was not able to tell him what this crime was. My reply to him, telling him that I had never been finger printed before in my life was not the answer he was looking for and he would not accept anything but a complete confession. Within two minutes of arriving in Detroit it was suddenly appearing like I might not make it to San Francisco for the work I was supposed to be doing there simply because I had not confessed to a crime that I didn’t commit. Eventually I discovered that because I was going to San Fran to work for a securities company I would have to be finger printed when I got there to have access to the work environment and because of this, the “pre-homeland security morons” were notified of this and simply saw that I had been finger printed before (which actually hadn’t happened yet) and he assumed that it was because of a crime that he needed to know about.
This was before 9/11. I can’t imagine myself having to go through what previously was a load of shit relative to what as the article describes, how it is now. As many of the comments to the article describe, I too will, as long as I can, pass on taking any kind of a trip down south, or do anything that takes me near the place. Why would I want to visit what to alot of outsiders like me, appears to be a huge prison? I’ll happily stay here, shovel out my igloo every-once-in-a-while and live in complete and utter ignorance of the greatness that is the U.S. of A.
(Sorry to all of my American friends, coworkers and acquaintances, etc. )