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Via interesting-people and from sianews:

Forget no-fly lists. If Uncle Sam gets its way, beginning on Jan. 14, 2007, we'll all be on no-fly lists, unless the government gives us permission to leave-or re-enter-the United States.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSA) has proposed that all airlines, cruise lines-even fishing boats-be required to obtain clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the United States.

It doesn't matter if you have a U.S. Passport - a "travel document" that now, absent a court order to the contrary, gives you a virtually unqualified right to enter or leave the United States, any time you want. When the DHS system comes into effect next January, if the agency says "no" to a clearance request, or doesn't answer the request at all, you won't be permitted to enter-or leave-the United States.

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Here's a PDF with more information about this proposed regulation.

Next thing we'll see is American officials travelling to Germany in the hopes to find how-to documents in the archives of the former Stasi.

Disgusting.

Update: the original NPRM (whatever that may mean) by the DHS is available from here. The IP thread is here and this post has some more information.

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