Too Much Information

If it wasn’t bad enough that the TSA wants to touch your junk, now Uncle Sam wants to know what it looks like (Hot Air via Shy Guy)

us-passportWho was present when you were born? Can you remember every address you’ve ever had? How about every place you’ve ever worked? Were you circumcised?

What if I told you that those were some of the queries the State Department is proposing for a new “biographical questionnaire” as part of the passport application?

Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? It’s true. Take a look:

According to BoingBoing, the form is meant for those who, while applying for a passport, can’t produce a birth certificate. “But as the FA suggests,” the site notes, “the circumstances in which people unable to provide a birth certificate will be given this form (rather than the traditional bureaucratic investigation) are not spelled out; further, the form itself remains a Kafkaesque impossibility for most people to complete.” 

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Perhaps Barack Obama was more afraid of this form than of Donald Trump.

11 thoughts on “Too Much Information”

  1. Blame the courts for this. It seems that there were people who were telling the US government that they were born at home, in the US, so they were natural-born US citizens. They were also telling the Mexican government that they were born at home, in Mexico, so they were natural-born Mexican citizens. The State Department objected to this, so careful investigations had to be made when people claimed to have been born at home. The people involved went to the Courts and complained that they had been insulted and humiliated by the investigation. The Court agreed that the investigation had been intrusive and humiliating. So that's why the proposed new forms were created.

      1. So, we're just going to have to take your word for it?!!? What kind of country do you think we're running here?

        1. OK. OK. And circumcision certificates are better than the new passport questionnaire because we also document the cut-off date. xD

  2. One of my favourite movies of Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy-I don't remember the name of the movie since the last time I saw it was ages ago- had this piece of conversation between the two protagonists.
    Ollie to Stan:"Where were you born?"
    Stan replies,"I don't know! I was too young to remember!"
    Maybe a few more people out there should adopt this line of reasoning. 😀

    1. I recalled from the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup:

      Prosecutor: Chicolini, when were you born?
      Chicolini: I don't-a remember. I was just a little baby.

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