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Diclotican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 05:18 AM
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32. lovuian
lovuian

In some cases I think US of today, is worse than the old USSR of old, At least in the USSR, they know they was under surveillance, and they also know, that they had a security system who kept them under surveillance under "state security"..

The same was the case in the East European nations between 1945 and 1989/91 where the also had their parts of security, who was pretty strict in large parts of the history after 1945... But they did know it, and even tho they had to accepted it, they had many inventive ways to go true the system, and many even managed to get around the systems... Or to leave for West-Europe over, under, and between the wall who divided Europe for more than 40 year... I remember, in the 1980s, when we was wisting Bulgaria at holyday mostly (I believe it was in the late 1980s, between 1986 and 1991) who strict it was to came in, a lot of guards (with weapon), strict pass control, and all the trimmings of the old East block. But even there, it was not as special as in the US for the last couple of years.. But we all know it, and accepted it as part of been able to have a Holiday. As Bulgaria was not exactly a democracy yet.. But I belive the old east block would be envy by how mutch US have to offer, when it came to survilance this days.. Even Honecer whould have something to say about US border control this days... In Envy for the most part..

I'm not sure if US are going into Paranoid Schizophrenia, even that US after 11 sept 2001 have acted in ways I doubt was believable just a couple of years before - when US was seen as one of the more easy country to fly in, specially if you had the paper in order... Last time I was in US, and it is a long time since, in 1992-93, it was a breeze to get true at Miami Int (KMIA) I was surprised how easy it was, just a custom officials, who looked at my passport, that everything was in order, and then Welcome to the US... And in i went.. Today I'm not sure if I even want to visit your amazing country - not because most of th 300 mill population, but mostly because of the hassle at the border... I can visit many other nations, fare more easily than US, and not even have the same hassle at the border to boot... I doubt even Syria or Iran have the same paranoia when it came to visitors this days... (And that say a lot as they do have their issues with the rest of the world this days)

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