Saturday, July 12, 2008

Telegraph goes anti-US again

A Telegraph article describing a new requirement for Brits traveling to the US without a visa puts things in the worst possible light with the headline "British tourists to US face new online 'green form' ordeal". The negative spin continues with the lede:
British travellers visiting the US will be required to complete an online application form of their personal details at least three days before crossing the Atlantic, under strict new rules.
It's not until near the end of the article that the reader is informed that this is actually a pretty good deal:
Those who fly regularly across the Atlantic stand to benefit as an approved application remains valid for up to two years, or until the traveller's passport has run out. It also entitles the holder to multiple entries to the US during this period.
Beats filling out that silly green form in a hurry as one stands in the passport control line.

Of course, much of this wouldn't be necessary if so many nations that fall under the US visa waiver program didn't also harbor shitloads of Islamist freakazoids, as even the Telegraph acknowledges...sort of:
The new system is also seen as a response to the perceived growth of religious extremism in European countries, whose citizens are able to enter the US more easily.
Perceived? Gimme a fuckin' break.

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