Tuesday, September 10, 2002

The feds are finally going to fingerprint some aliens:

A spokesman for the Justice Department, Jorge Martínez, said fingerprints and photographs would automatically be taken of any citizen of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya. In 2001, 44,000 student, business and other temporary visas were issued to visitors from those countries, which are five of the seven countries designated by the State Department as sponsors of terrorism. (The other two are Cuba and North Korea.)

I am usually a privacy advocate, but I had to get fingerprinted to get a California drivers license. The feds should track terrorism suspects at least as well as they track law-abiding citizens.

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