posted on Jan, 29 2007 @ 09:21 PM
My sister returned from a brief trip to Dubai 2 days ago with what I consider a very disturbing story.
Whilst on vacation in Dubai with her husband and 2 friends (all of which are from Australia, all over 45, and all medical doctors by the way), the 4
took a day trip to Oman.
Of the crowd of around 50 people wanting to cross the border into Oman, the Aussies were the only “westerners’ present – all the other people
were Arab, Indian, Pakistani etc.
My sister and friends were approached by machine gun toting “police” and ushered into a room.
Without explanation or their consent, they were forced to put their faces into a machine so as their retina could be scanned.
They all felt if they complained that they would be in big trouble. They all said how intimidating it was.
What is more shocking than being forced to have a retina scan? Well, when my sister left Oman the next day again she was pulled aside at the border.
This time a female officer started writing onto a “special” form. When my sister looked over the officer’s shoulder, she saw that it had ALL
her personal details (age, sex, DOB, HOME ADDRESS in Australia!!) etc. etc.
My sister asked the officer what was this form, and why she was the only one who had to have it filled in – and HOW DID YOU GET MY PERSONEL
She was informed that if she did not cooperate she would be detained!!!! No explanation at all!
To say the least, my sister is terrified about going back anywhere near these countries now. She is convinced she could be set up for some frame up
crime or worse.
So what’s going on? Who is storing this data, and for what purpose. Why were the westerners’ retina scanned and no-one else?
This whole saga sent a chill up my spine…