Were You Circumcised? New Passport Questionnaire Baffles Many With Absurd Info Demands
I did not know where to put this. Under, humor, or, HERE. You have GOT to watch his video.
Talk about, We are out of control or, On the wrong TRACK, this is it.
If I can stop laughing, I will get this posted.
Who was present when you were born? Can you remember every address you’ve ever had? How about every place you’ve ever worked? Were you circumcised?
What if I told you that those were some of the queries the State Department is proposing for a new “biographical questionnaire” as part of the passport application?
Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? It’s true. Take a look:
According to BoingBoing, the form is meant for those who, while applying for a passport, can’t produce a birth certificate. “But as the FA suggests,” the site notes, “the circumstances in which people unable to provide a birth certificate will be given this form (rather than the traditional bureaucratic investigation) are not spelled out; further, the form itself remains a Kafkaesque impossibility for most people to complete.”
consumer traveler.com notes the near impossibility of the proposed application, too:
The State Department estimated that the average respondent would be able to compile all this information in just 45 minutes, which is obviously absurd given the amount of research that is likely to be required to even attempt to complete the form.
“It’s not clear from the supporting statement, statement of legal authorities, or regulatory assessment submitted by the State Department to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) why declining to discuss one’s siblings or to provide the phone number of your first supervisor when you were a teenager working at McDonald's would be a legitimate basis for denial of a passport to a U.S. citizen,” that site goes on to say.
The supporting statement does say the questionnaire will be “used to supplement an application for a U.S. passport when the applicant submits citizenship or identity evidence that is insufficient or of questionable authenticity.” Still, it does not define “insufficient or questionable authenticity.”
Libertarian website Reason.org calls the new form “disturbing,“ and in its headline covering the story further describes it as ”impossible to answer“ and ”creepy.“ Author Radley Balko theorizes it could be a ”tool to allow the State Department to turn down a passport when they can’t find a more legitimate reason.”
And it’s not just conservative sites that are raising alarm. The uber-liberal Village Voice mocks the form’s question asking if the applicant was circumcised (yes, that’s a real question).
According to the document, answering the questionnaire is voluntary, “but failure to provide the information requested may result in processing delays or the denial of your U.S. passport application.”
The State Department was taking comments on the new application through yesterday. To read up more on the new form, you can go here and here.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)
This story has been updated.
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Well, actually, that's a long story. The Dr. started to circumcise me after I was born. It is now 55 yrs later, and the work is progressing marvelously!
Great, now I have to show some goverment worker my d*#k to gain entry back into the country.
no is wasn't, but I was completely castrated years later on my wedding day as per custom
just hope they don't try to give you an oral exam (to confirm your citizenship)
I think they are more content with the other end without the common decency of a reach around.
you are confusing immigration officials with those in the tax dept
Departmentalization does not permit cross-orifice penetration
Uhh....Ya' know...I know I had to have been there when it happened...but gee...I don't seem to remember that much of when I was 2 months old or less...for some damn reason??? Go Figure!
Unbelivable...next they'll just stick their head up our ______ and take a good look around before we can fill out any form that is remotely associated with dealing with our government
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