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These alarming new passport laws are being snuck through Congress right now

Just the other day we wrote about a U.S. House “suspension” bill that would give the Secretary of State the authority to cancel your passport if he decided that you had “aided” an organization that he rules is terrorist.

There is no definition of what “aided” means, no chance to dispute the Secretary’s decision, no trial or presentation of evidence, and in fact any evidence the government has can be classified as secret so that you may not see it. In effect the Secretary of State can unilaterally consign you to internal exile and there is nothing you can do about it.

Because Members of the U.S. House were too cowardly to go on record voting for such an anti-American piece of legislation, the bill passed by a voice vote.

Today the U.S. Senate plans to one-up its counterparts on the lowlier side of Capitol Hill. Buried inside the U.S. highways funding bill is a provision to revoke or deny issuance of a U.S. passport to anyone who has a large outstanding tax debt to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. According to a Senate Finance Committee summary (PDF) acquired today, the measure provides for:

Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes. This provision would authorize the Federal government to deny the application for a passport when an individual has more than $50,000 (indexed for inflation) of unpaid federal taxes which the IRS is collecting through enforcement action. It would also permit the Federal government to revoke a passport for such individuals. Before revocation, however, the Federal government would be allowed to limit a previously issued passport only for return travel to the United States or to issue a limited passport that only permits return travel to the United States. The provision would be effective on January 1, 2016, and is estimated to raise $0.398 billion over 10 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is America, in the 21st century still the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" or has it become the "Land of the Cowed, and the Home of the Surveilled"?!?

The border between the US and Mexico is completely open, with no real control whatsoever; now, they want to lock the border against legal Americans leaving?!? Something is absolutely wrong with this picture.

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