Parts of me like this, parts of me don’t:
Foreigners arriving at U.S. airports were photographed and had their fingerprints scanned Monday in the start of a government effort to use some of the latest surveillance technology to keep terrorists out of the country.
The program allows Customs officials to check passengers instantly against terrorist watch lists and a national criminal database.
The goal is to “make sure our borders are open to visitors but closed to terrorists,” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said.
I guess I am concerned with the civil liberties of my fellow citizens more than foriegn visitors. I guess I consider my neighbor’s right not to be blown up by a Saudi terrorist a more pressing civil liberty than whether or not an Egyptian tourist has his picture taken.