After I read “Homeland Security tracks travelers’ meals” and discovered that only fifteen public comments had been made, I decided to do my civic duty.
After half an hour I gave up on figuring out how to do my civic duty, and leveraged Adam for some help. He’s my go-to guy for this kind of thing.
He has the kind of readership that provides answers in as little as forty earth minutes, making him look pretty good in the process, but none of that was the point to my story. This was all just background.
The best part is that the Federal Register entry describing how to comment publicly on this farce of a proposal contains the wrong docket number. If you search the web site for the docket number they published, you get bupkis. Presumably if you send a paper letter referencing that nonexistent number, it goes in the circular file.
Only fifteen comments, you say? No kidding. Imagine that. It almost seems like they don’t care about the opinions of the people they
If you’re interested in doing your civic duty — and I dearly hope that you will — visit regulations.gov and search for docket DHS-2006-0060. It’ll take you five minutes to write about how compiling huge databases about law-abiding citizens does nothing to prevent terrorism or terrorist immigrants who aren’t law-abiding, or about the lack of due process related to this probably-erroneous data, or about the privacy and identity theft implications. Or any number of other concerns.
Go ahead, be creative. You can even write anonymously.