Tit for Tat (Boob-free Story)

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Brazilians, laid back and proud of their heritage, are understandably
upset at the newest Homeland Security brainstorm. Seeing as none of the
9/11 terrorists, in fact none of the terrorists or terror suspects identified
thus far, have been Brazilian, speak Portuguese, or have even VISITED
Brazil, how does it make sense that every Brazilian tourist, businessman,
student, man, woman, child or grandmother, must be photographed and fingerprinted before
being admitted to the US.?

They decided that two can play the Gestapo game.  Starting last
week, all AMERICANS entering Brazil need to be photographed and fingerprinted.  A
nice symmetrical service gesture, redolent with ridiculous logic and
innate fair play, but somehow uncharacteristically and unacceptably rude for our
southerly fellow Americans, and beside a severe drag on much appreciated tourism from
the north.

So to ameliorate the negative effects of the gesture, US arrivals at
the Rio de Janeiro airport are getting a packet of souvenirs and gifts
along with their mug shots! Think Stormbanfueher Ridge would consider something similar to
encourage foreign tourists to keep arriving on our shores? Maybe we could
give them those clever little models of the Statue of Liberty, except
with a lamp that lights up with the different colors of the terror alert
levels…..

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) – American tourists arriving in Brazil must
still be photographed and fingerprinted, but those who enter through
Rio de Janeiro are getting flowers, jewelry and T-shirts along with the
red tape.

"This is our way of saying that Rio de Janeiro loves American tourists,
no matter what," said Fuad Atala, spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro
tourism board.

 

from the AP

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    January 15, 2004 @ 5:43 am

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    This would only be amusing if the data were guaranteed to remain in Brazil. What better way for Brazil to help pay off their foreign debt? So I have doubts that the idea was Brazilian inspired. What other legal way does the US have to fingerprint all innocent citizens, except via driving licenses in individual States? I bet Homeland Security hope that other countries imitate Brazil.
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    I think Brasil should make a special exeption for United States Citizens… the exception being that only U.S. citizens should also be compelled to have an internal cavity search as well!

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    Hopefully under the new President Obama the USA will morph into more of a global citizen than a global bully. Can say I’ve that much in visiting north America… Central and Sth America on the other hand woul dbe awesome.

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