Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Canadians to get reprieve on U.S. passport rules

About bloody time too. After months of line ups and delays at passport offices, and threats to the economy of border towns. And with absolutely zero effect on security. Every terrorist has a drawer full of false passports and identities. Equally silly is the no fly list introduced this week, which has been a complete failure in the US and which Canada only introduced to meet US demands.

The only good thing to come out of this is the attention it has thrown on the total incompetence of the passport office in Canada and the prospect of both a ten year rather than a five year passport, and more streamlined requirements for guarantors. Like you don't need another one just for a renewal!

"I want to underscore how serious a crisis this is... This is inexcusable," said Republican Senator David Vitter, a member on the Senate foreign relations committee.

"It is just another example of the complete failure in government."

Yes, that's right. Republican senator.

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