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“Re: 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection:
DS-5513, Biographical Questionnaire for U.S. Passport, 1405-XXXX.
I find it disgusting that the State Department is proposing
changes to the passport application demanding far greater personal information
than necessary. It’s an intrusion of privacy and an insult to America’s
first law, the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 .”
Hurry….It says “…up
to 60 days from February 24, 2011….” [business days??]
US STATE DEPARTMENT GOING NAZI ON PASSPORT
U.S. Department of State has proposed a new questionnaire that would make it
almost impossible for some people to get a passport.
The new document (PDF) would require that certain applicants
submit a list of every residence and every job they've ever had since birth.
February, the department published a
request in the Federal Register allowing 60 days for comment before the new
rules go into effect.
Biographical Questionnaire for a U.S. Passport, form DS-5513, is used to
supplement an application for a U.S. passport when the applicant submits
citizenship or identity evidence that is insufficient or of questionable
authenticity," according to a supporting
issued along with the request for comment.
"This form is used prior to passport issuance and solicits
information relating to the respondent’s family, birth circumstances,
residences, schooling, and employment," the statement added.
"In addition to this primary use of the data, the DS-5513
may also be used as evidence in the prosecution of any individual who makes a
false statement on the application and for other uses as set forth in the
Prefatory Statement and the Passport System of Records Notice (State-26)."
The document also requires some applicants to submit information
about the mother's pre-natal and post-natal care, the mother's residence one
year before and after the birth, the persons in attendance at the birth and
religious or institutional recordings of the birth.
"The State Department estimated that the average respondent
would be able to compile all this information in just 45 minutes, which is
obviously absurd given the amount of research that is likely to be required to
even attempt to complete the form," Consumer
Traveler's Edward Hasbrouck noted.
The Consumer Travel Alliance opposes the new form as "exceeding the
statutory authority of the DOS, unconstitutional, and in violation of U.S.
obligations pursuant to international human rights treaties to which the U.S.
is a party," according to draft comments (PDF) prepared by the group.
to require an applicant for a passport to complete the proposed Form DS-5513,
which few if any applicants could complete, would amount to a de
facto decision to
deny that applicant a passport. And that decision would be standardless,
arbitrary, and illegal," they added.
The State Department had not returned a call asking for comment
at the time of publication.
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