State Dept. Wants to Make It Harder to Get a Passport

Why do I have the sneaking suspicion this is to discourage International travel by US Citizens so they won’t realize how bad some things are here compared to the rest of the world….

Little things like Internet Service and Mass Transit that work much better in other countries than here….

And god forbid the travel on an airline like Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air France or Singapore Airlines that show how flying should be- not how the flying cattle cars that pass for US airlines do it….

Oh, and fresh food that isn’t full of additives and mass-produced on corporate farms….

Just little things….

From ConsumerTraveler.com:

The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for some passport applicants: The proposed new  Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a variety of other information.  According to the proposed form, “failure to provide the information requested may result in … the denial of your U.S. passport application.”

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.

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