January 17, 2006
Odd, odd, odd
That I have to, in a bit of a call that angled at resolving some issues, explain Patriot Act reporting implications to a US G staffer who supposedly tracks such issues in the area in question. And I know fuck all about Patriot Act except those motherfucking stupid ass report your 3 degrees of seperation from Osama Ben Laden bullshit requirements that make life miserable while doing fuck all for security.
Of course, I could simply be bitter about the useless extra work.
Posted by The Lounsbury at January 17, 2006 03:07 PM
Filed Under: Biz - Private in MENA
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Sigh…I feel your pain. Back in the day at the DOJ, circa 1993 or so, I realized we needed some new nationality codes for our computer system, so we didn’t order people deported to countries that didn’t exist anymore. Being a complete peon at the time, I mentioned the problem to my immediate boss, and he asked me to write a request to our IT people explaining the issue. Of course, they told me they couldn’t just take my word for the existence of the new countries, and they’d have to go through channels. Fine, I said, channel away, thinking to myself, “sheesh, you guys haven’t read a newspaper or flipped on the TV lately?”
A week or so later, they distributed an agency-wide E-mail announcing the creation of new nationality codes for the various FSU republics, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia (which the U.S. hadn’t recognized yet, because the Greeks were busy throwing hissy-fits…the code was MM, which I joked to my boss probably meant “maybe Macedonia?”), and….Ljubljana.
Now you probably know that unless we were to return to a long-bygone era, Ljubljana is not a country; it’s the capital of Slovenia. I brought this up to the IT folks, and they explained that to check my info, they’d called the State Department…and had been given the list mentioned above. I shudder to think who they may have talked to.
Posted by: Eva Luna at January 17, 2006 03:47 PM
Oh, and don't start me on how many times hearings for people in detention were delayed because INS had told us to order an "Indian interpreter."
Posted by: Eva Luna at January 17, 2006 03:49 PM
Patriot can be quite a headache for other countries and US firms trying to do business with them, in particular the jurisdiction issue and resulting conflicts with local privacy laws (e.g. how to protect non-US citizens whose personal info is stored in country, but by a US firm/US-affiliated corporation). Developing a legal response is a political minefield.
I note that it has been the cause of anxious whispering in many circles.
Posted by: eerie at January 17, 2006 04:51 PM
learn to love Big Brother for He is The Way to enlightenment.
Posted by: drdougfir at January 17, 2006 06:02 PM