You Gotta Laugh, or You Could Cry
This letter is supposed to be an actual letter to the passport office, but I didn’t “snope” it as I figured it feels accurate and makes a valid point. Be forewarned, the language is a bit rough, but you can sure feel his frustration:
I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this. How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a cable t.v. from them back in 1987, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.
For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my social security card, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the past 30 years. It is on my health insurance card, my driver’s license, on the last eight damn passports I’ve had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off the plane over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done at election times.
Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is Maryanne, my father’s name is Robert and I’d be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!!
I apologize, I’m really pissed off this morning. Between you an’ me, I’ve had enough of this bullshit! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my address.
What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthal asses working there!
Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don’t want to dig up Yasser Arafat, I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy beach.
And would someone please tell me, why would you care whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I’d sure as hell not want to tell anyone!
Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other end of the city and get another copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of $60. Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?? Nooooo, that’d be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You’d rather have us running all over the place like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some idiot to confirm that it’s really me on the damn picture – you know,the one where we’re not allowed to smile?! (bureaucratic morons) Hey, you know why we can’t smile? We’re totally pissed off!
Signed – An Irate Citizen.
P.S.. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it’s me? Well, my family has been in this country since 1776 ……..I have served in the military for something over 30 years and have had security clearances up the yingyang……….However, I have to get someone ‘important’ to verify who I am – you know, someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN INDIA !
You Sure In The Hell Should Know Who I Am
What sank in after I got done laughing (a gesture of sympathy, I promise), was the fact Abdulmutallab, was from Nigeria and lived in Yemen in 2004 and 2005, and yet was allowed to board an airplane for the United States without a passport at all.
As a matter of fact, authorities should have been clued in for a number of reasons.
British intelligence say they had told American officials of Abdulmutallab’s reported conversations with Muslim terrorists back in 2008. British officials are said to have been convinced his student visa application was bogus and refused to renew it in May 2009, whereby they placed him on a British watch list barring reentry into the country.
In August the bomber returned to Yemen, and was reported to be attending classes at the Institute for the Arabic Language. In the fall, US intelligence picked up chatter regarding an Al Qaeda terrorist plot centered in Yemen. A recruit identified only as “The Nigerian” was said to be deeply involved. The intercepted conversations between Abdulmutallab and at least one Al Qaeda member – said to be extremist Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi , who also was reported to be the contact for Major Nidal Hassan, the shooter in the Fort Hood terrorist killings.
On November 19, more than a month prior to this incident, Abdulmutallab’s respected banker father told the US embassy in Nigeria of his concerns regarding his son. He described him as “missing” and supposedly relayed to personnel at the embassy his son’s terrorist leanings including the fact the son stated he would be “sacrificing himself”. It is reported the embassy relayed the message to the US State Department.
His name was never added to the no-fly list, nor was his US visa revoked. As a matter of fact, nothing was done, no one in a position to stop him was notified. He was allowed to get on the plane with no hassle, allowed to stay on the plane in Amsterdam with no questions.
Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary said emphatically, immediately following the incident, the system is working. Excuse me? I guess that depends on what your definition of ‘Is” is.
Let’s take this one step further. These are the same people trying to mandate everything we do. They want to put all our medical records in a database and use it to deny or grant permission for treatment. They want to measure our energy usage and fine us if we don’t fall in line with their expectations. They are hiring IRS agents like mad, yet they don’t pay their taxes.
They have screwed up every task given them. Look at any department, any division and what you will find is a bastion of inefficiency and corruption.
They have the rolls reversed. They feel they are accountable to no one. If there is any hope and change in this country, I can only pray to hope for a change in our government!