Each day I look at the news something else comes up that is totally unbelievable. This time it’s the newly proposed requirement for obtaining a passport.
What is a “passport,”and who needs one? “A passport is a document, issued by a national government, which certifies, for the purpose of international travel, the identity and nationality of its holder.” Any citizen of the United States traveling abroad must have a passport issued by the United States government to assure re-entry. According to current regulations, in addition to the usual photo ID, home address, SS#, etc., in order to obtain a US passport, one must provide:
“A certified birth certificate, which has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note, some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes. Beginning April 1, 2011, all birth certificates must also include the full names of the applicant’s parent(s).”
Of course, that brings us to a whole ‘nother topic which I don’t want to get into at this time. But the requirement for obtaining a passport has always been rather straightforward.
But if recently released recommendations are adopted, all that is about to change. And therein lies the subject of today’s “unknown known,” as Donald Rumsfeld might describe it. And to be honest, I must admit that I stole this topic from Glenn Beck’s morning radio program. But since readers of Commonsense Conservative Views are mostly Conservatives (DUH!) you were probably at work and didn’t have an opportunity to hear about it.
First of all, in addition to the usual information about yourself, under this proposal you will also have to provide the Full Name, Place of Birth, Date of Birth, and Citizenship of your: Father, Mother, Stepfather, Stepmother, Spouse, and all Brothers and Sisters.
Then you must provide:
The address of your mother’s residence one year before your birth.
The address of your mother’s residence at the time of your birth.
The address of your mother’s residence one year after your birth.
The name and address of your mother’s place of employment at the time of your birth, with dates of employment.
If your mother received either pre or post-natal care at the time of your birth, then you must provide the name of the hospital rendering such service, and the name and phone number of her attending physician.
Honestly, I’m not making this stuff up! It comes straight from the Department of State, OMB Approval #1405.
A description of the circumstances of your birth including the names (as well as addresses and phone numbers) of all persons present or in attendance at your birth.
Was there any religious or institutional recording of your birth or event occurring around the time of birth? (Example: baptism, circumcision, confirmation or other religious ceremony.) If so, provide details including the name, location of the institution, and date.
List all your residences both inside and outside the United States, starting from your birth to the present, including: Street, City, State, Zip Code, Country, Term of Residence at each location.
List all of your current and former places of employment in the United States and abroad, including: Company Name, Address, City and State, Country, Time Employed, Name of Supervisor, Telephone Number of Supervisor.
List all schools that you attended inside and outside of the United States, including: Name of School, Address, City, State, Country, Dates of School Attendance.
Then of course there is the usual:
False statements made knowingly and willfully in passport applications or in affidavits or other supporting documents submitted therewith are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1001 and/or 18 U.S.C. 1542.
And then, get this:
The information solicited on this form may be made available as a routine use to other government agencies and private contractors, foreign government agencies, international organizations, to the Department of Homeland Security and private employers for employment verification purposes.
And just so you know:
“Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 45 minutes per response, including the time required for searching existing data sources, gathering the necessary data, providing the information and/or documents required, and reviewing the final collection.”
Oh well, international travel is too dangerous now anyhow.