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AverageJoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 09:14 AM
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Serious question: Are passports becoming imperative?
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Neither my wife nor I hold a passport and I am becoming more concerned each day that this is a major mistake on our part.

I realize that this question would have sounded completely insane just a few years ago, and many people might still think it reeks of paranoia, but I am completely serious: Do you believe we are actually approaching a moment when it will be too late to leave the United States in the same way it was eventually too late to leave Nazi Germany? Are people without passports being foolish?

I'm not trying to be alarmist--though alarm seems to be the only sane response--as the details of the NSA domestic spying program continue to leak out, each one worse than the one before. Couple that with Bush's plan to militarize our southern border, a national media whose job it is to shore up the administration and to undermine its enemies, the free-fall of the dollar, and the avalanche of reports of criminal activities finally being too great for even the corporate media to completely ignore--things we've known about or suspected here at DU for a very long time--and you find a horrible, entrenched pattern. I'm trying to objectively assess the situation and make a reasonable decision.

I know it's just a good thing, in general, to have a passport. But seriously, are we nearing the point where it becomes a matter of our freedom, or even our survival?

Feel free to tell me I'm nuts, but I truly hope to get some opinions on this.

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  -Serious question: Are passports becoming imperative? AverageJoe  May-13-06 09:14 AM   #0 
  - No, I think you may be quite right to worry about this--the troops on the  niyad   May-13-06 09:20 AM   #1 
  - when they put troops at the Canadian border, it's too late  tocqueville   May-13-06 09:25 AM   #4 
  - The rest of the world uses passports as primary ID.  politicat   May-13-06 09:22 AM   #2 
  - no, it's more ID cards or driving licenses, at least in Europe.  tocqueville   May-13-06 09:26 AM   #6 
     - Phrased badly.  politicat   May-13-06 12:43 PM   #15 
  - You're only nuts if I'm nuts too!  TAPat   May-13-06 09:24 AM   #3 
  - spychips (rfid)  GregD   May-13-06 09:25 AM   #5 
  - Starts in October, 2006.  politicat   May-13-06 12:44 PM   #16 
     - thanks for the correction  GregD   May-13-06 01:52 PM   #17 
     - Just put your passport in the microwave for 20 seconds  Freedom_Aflaim   May-14-06 02:51 AM   #23 
        - But the wet cat will escape.  Vidar   May-14-06 05:22 AM   #27 
  - I'd let mine lapse, always had one for many years  bunkerbuster1   May-13-06 09:31 AM   #7 
  - Get 'em while they're hot...  bmcatt   May-13-06 09:32 AM   #8 
  - If * Presses The Panic Button, Condi Will Close The Floodgates  corbett   May-13-06 04:43 PM   #18 
  - You Can  AnnieBW   May-13-06 04:46 PM   #19 
     - Thanks  bmcatt   May-14-06 02:35 AM   #22 
  - Thank you for these replies  AverageJoe   May-13-06 09:32 AM   #9 
  - IMHO, everyone who opposes this regime needs to get their passports  kestrel91316   May-13-06 09:42 AM   #10 
  - A passport is just a peace of mind thing at this point  Warpy   May-13-06 09:43 AM   #11 
  - I'm Jewish . . .  Richard D   May-13-06 10:46 AM   #12 
  - get one...seriously...  flyarm   May-13-06 10:54 AM   #13 
  - Well, you may be correct...  demobabe   May-13-06 11:05 AM   #14 
  - Do it before it becomes a burdensome procedure and takes  treestar   May-13-06 04:52 PM   #20 
  - mistake, get it yesterday  sweetheart   May-13-06 04:55 PM   #21 
  - A passport is your best friend  SoCalDem   May-14-06 02:56 AM   #24 
  - You're nuts, if it comes to freedom and survival, it's too late.  sleipnir   May-14-06 03:02 AM   #25 
  - I'd say that having a passport is a good thing.  Spider Jerusalem   May-14-06 03:18 AM   #26 

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