Archive for November 27th, 2006

What is the point behind some of the U.S. Visa application questions?!

27 Nov

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 applicationinvolves similar questions….
It’s obvious that a terrorist or a drug dealer wouldn’t reveal their criminal identities!
Is itthat “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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