posted on Oct, 5 2006 @ 06:42 AM
I don't see how making passports (theoretically) more fraud-proof (although apparently some clever German guy has already 'chipped' them) is Big
Brother. As a Brit, I have to say that the old things were being stolen and forged at an alarming rate - as far as I'm concerned, if a Kosovan
illegal immigrant uses a passport that says his is 6 ft 2 in with blond hair, when he is in actuality 5 ft 4 in and bald, it works for me.
Orwell's Big Brother government was ruthlessly efficient and utterly evil. I wouldn't trust any British civil servant to run a piss-up in a
brewery, and whilst dealing with Tony Blair would need you feeling slightly nauseous and in need of a shower, I wouldnt' compare him to big
Hell, London's the preferred location for your average firebrand fundamentalist islamic preacher who fancies receiving generous government benefits
and accomodation, so I don't think they're that bad.
PS I used my new Biometric passport to get into North Dakota from Canada in the summer. The US border guards were very nice, and very impressed by
the passport - but unfortunately didn't have the machine to read it!