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Monday August 01, 2005
12:09 AM

Homeland Security without Homepage Access

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This is my first entry to the U.S. with fingerprints recorded. Visa Waiver no longer waives that intimidating Homeland Securty Act measures.

That much I understood a priori. What I didn't know was....

Officer:
        You are visiting here for....
Dan:
        A conference. OSCON 2005
Officer:
        Your company is...
Dan:
        I'm self-employed.
Officer:
        What kind of conference?
Dan:
        Open Source.
Officer:
        Open Source? What is that?

How many times have you hosted OSCON, Portland?

Officer:
        Do you have any information about the conference with you?
Dan:
        Well, I have mails. Nice computer you've got. Can you check web pages with that?
Officer:
        Unfortunately, no. Don't you have anything in paper?
Dan:
        No. Do you want to check my powerbook?
Officer:
        That's fine. I believe you. But next time you visit bring more materials about the conference.
Dan:
        Yes, sir.

How fortunate I am not a U.S. Citizen. If I were I couldn't stand the system that checks my fingerprint and portrait without being able to check puny web pages.

Dan the Persona Non Grata
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  • There are report cards for every US government agency every year WRT IT security. More often then not, there are several agencies that don't do very well.

    I would really prefer keeping information such as fingerprint databases off public facing systems if they can't get their IT security right.

    Cheers
    L~R
  • just how would a printed email (easily spoofed and nontrivial to discredit) or fake letterhead or business card make an iota of difference? Like a lot of the 'war on turrr' this is just a waste of time and money.
    --

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;