Bruce Schneier is asking what is the point of these questions appear in the U.S. Visa application:
- Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even through subject of a pardon, amnesty or other similar legal action?
- Have you ever unlawfully distributed or sold a controlled substance (drug), or been a prostitute or procurer for prostitutes?
- Did you seek to enter the United States to engage in export control violations, subversive or terrorist activities, or any other unlawful purpose?
- Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State?
- Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by the Nazi government or Germany; or have you ever participated in genocide?
BTW, the U.K. Visa application involves similar questions….
It’s obvious that a terrorist or a drug dealer wouldn’t reveal their criminal identities!
Is it that “if someone is convicted of one of these activities he can also be convicted of visa-application fraud” as Bruce deduced?
If so, then there is no security benefits behind asking such questions… Do you agree?!
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