Thursday, January 24, 2008
More border stupidity
The Homeland Security Agency has shown its arrogance by announcing it will require passports or other more extensive ID for both Americans and Canadians along the Canadian border. This is in spite of Congress passing legislation to postpone the move a few years because it will cause disruption, cost money, and it's unclear whether the passport office can handle the demand that will be created for new passports. The Register deplored it. I don't know yet if Congress will do anything to stop it (Schumer and others are dismayed). It just came out in a court case how skilfully jihadist sympathizers are using the Web to make contacts and plan stuff, making traditional controls like ID tightening at the border somewhat superfluous. It's been 6 years and they still haven't done much that indicates a real understanding of how al-Qaida and its sympathizers and satellites operate.