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Old 01-05-2004, 12:52 PM   #1
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The US begins fingerprinting most foreingers

Fingerprinting

I'm not sure what I think of this.

it may be logical, but I'm afraid the whole world will start doing this and then we'll be getting closer to 1984!
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Old 01-05-2004, 01:01 PM   #2
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Hi, I think it's a good thing, we don't know who is using forged ID and it makes travelling to places more safer. Although I don't like the idea of armed air marshalls on planes. Any weapons on a plane seems pretty frightening.
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we needed a better way of keeping track of those who enter our country... i don't know if this is the best way, but it's a start. it's not denying entry... it's just monitering entry, which we certainly have the right to do. if it's not a violation of privacy to fingerprint and run a background check on an american citizen for reasons of employment, then why is it some big thing to fingerprint and run a background check on foreign nationals entering our country?
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I'm having trouble to believe you can stop terrorists (I'm guessing they are the main target of actions like these) who are willing to give up their own lives by taking their fingerprints at the airport

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I know there are lots of ppl here who hate Moore...but I can't help think about his theory of fear and paranoia

the US isn't the only country to be struck by terrorism, yet, as far as I know, they are the only ones to fingerprint.
(besides for Brazil who seem to be doing it out of spite)
is it because of a culture of fear?
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Funny stuff:

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Tourists and business travelers on short visits from 27 mostly European nations are exempt from the new measures. Canadians, who fall under special immigration rules, also get a pass.
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That makes about a crap worth of sence.
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I'm having trouble to believe you can stop terrorists (I'm guessing they are the main target of actions like these) who are willing to give up their own lives by taking their fingerprints at the airport

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LOL, good point.

Yeah, this isn't the best way to handle this...especially after that little bit from Reuters that DrTeeth posted, in which some people are able to pass through without being fingerprinted. Apparently our government's forgetting that white people can be terrorists, too (like, Timothy McVeigh, for example-a guy in our own country).

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I dont think its going to prevent terrorists, really, im sure if they want to attack a place so badly they have ways and means of entering a country
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I don't like the exemptions either. It's ridiculous to assume that Europeans are not going to be terrorists, since the "Shoe Bomber" was a Brit. If we are going to do it to anyone it's pointless not to do it to everyone.
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It's fine, we need to keep tabs on people that visit our country.
This should been happening way before 9-11
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It's fine, we need to keep tabs on people that visit our country.
This should been happening way before 9-11
and do you think this would have prevented it?
I doubt so very much
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and do you think this would have prevented it?
I doubt so very much
We should still have it, you can doubt all you want but more protective measures are always good to have.
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We should still have it, you can doubt all you want but more protective measures are always good to have.
Do you agree, though, with the fact that Europeans and Canadians don't have to deal with this? That's the part in particular that bugs me about this.

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Do you agree, though, with the fact that Europeans and Canadians don't have to deal with this? That's the part in particular that bugs me about this.

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Well Canadians and European people aren't the ones that have caused terrorist attacks against the US in the last decade, so I can see why the US would be more suspicious of some nationalities more than others.
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