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 Bruce
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 of Savi
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
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.