November 22, 2004

Bored of Patrols

I went to New York for the weekend, ostensibly to attend the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival at the American Museum of Natural History. But even the anthropologists I was with decided, after seeing one film, that they would rather go to Victoria's Secret. Go figure.

On the way to New York, I was granted an illuminating glance into just how tough a line the Dept. of Homeland Security is taking against people sneaking illegally over the US border. About half an hour after crossing the border, our bus was pulled over and made to stop at a highway rest area by New York State Border Patrol officers. They boarded the bus and announced, very sternly (and I swear I'm not making this up):

"If you're from a country other than the United States, we'll need to see your passport and/or your resident card. If you're an American citizen, we don't need to see your passport, you can just tell us."

Is it just me, or is national security one department of the government that really shouldn't operate on the honour system?

Bra. Vo.


At 23/11/04 19:57, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly, that's what racial profiling is for!



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