State Department wants passport applicants to reveal lifetime employment history

From Raw Story:

By David Edwards
Monday, April 25th, 2011

The U.S. Department of State has proposed a new questionnaire that would make it almost impossible for some people to get a passport.

The new document (PDF) would require that certain applicants submit a list of every residence and every job they’ve ever had since birth.

In February, the department published a request in the Federal Register allowing 60 days for comment before the new rules go into effect.

“The Biographical Questionnaire for a U.S. Passport, form DS-5513, is 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,” according to a supporting statement (PDF) issued along with the request for comment.

“This form is used prior to passport issuance and solicits information relating to the respondent’s family, birth circumstances, residences, schooling, and employment,” the statement added.

“In addition to this primary use of the data, the DS-5513 may also be used as evidence in the prosecution of any individual who makes a false statement on the application and for other uses as set forth in the Prefatory Statement and the Passport System of Records Notice (State-26).”

The document also requires some applicants to submit information about the mother’s pre-natal and post-natal care, the mother’s residence one year before and after the birth, the persons in attendance at the birth and religious or institutional recordings of the birth.

“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,” Consumer Traveler’s Edward Hasbrouck noted.

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One Response to “State Department wants passport applicants to reveal lifetime employment history”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    The details they request, would be extremely difficult to obtain and most likely in most cases impossible for the majority of the population.

    Anyone adopted will not have a hope in hell of getting a passport.

    As for the religious questions, so much for seperation of church and state.

    Anyone who was born in a hospital where records have since been destroyed due to age, will not get a passport as they will be unable to fill in the birth questions.

    The effect of this will be that once a person gets US citizenship they will be unable to leave the country for any reason.

    USA born citizens will never be allowed to leave.

    The majority of journalists will not be able to travel outside the USA, which will cut of the news flow from outside the USA, which is close to non existant already. Some of the news on Fox and CNN about other countries is now completely detached from reality as it is.

    Literally at most a few thousand would have all those details, if even that.

    So in effect no one in the US is going to get a passport under these rules, including most senators, presidents, congressmen, businessmen or dipomats.

    Those with a passport in the US are already in a minority (37%) which is why a lot of US citizens have such bizarre views of countries outside the US. Between 6million and 18million a year have got passports in the USA, averaging around 8 to 10 million per year. I would be suprised if any of those would be able to get the details to renew there passports under these proposed new rules. Ten years after these rules would come in, no one in the USA would have a passport.

    The shock on the faces of US citizens when they visit Germany, China, Ireland, UK, Japan, Hungary, Netherlands, France, Poland, etc is clear to see on there faces. The level of misinformation inside the USA about countries outside the USA, is growing every year.

    About 9 to 10 years after they bring in these rules, all they would have to do is sever the fibre optic cables on the western and eastern coasts of the continental USA. Then the media could claim that Europe and China have been over run by vampire smurfs that have created an empire to feed them blood. There would be no one from the USA to correct that misinformation.

    I don’t think this is to do with ideology. It is plainly to do with a complete lunatic who most likely escaped from a secure mental institution writing proposed government rules. Whoever came up with this set of passport rules is a nutcase.

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