WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday the United States should put the fingerprints of citizens traveling abroad on their passports. 'If we're going to ask the rest of the world to put fingerprints on their passports, we ought to put our fingerprints on our passports,' Ridge told a room full of homeland security experts at a morning speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The United States recently began fingerprinting and photographing citizens of 27 countries - including nations that are staunch allies - when they arrive for short visits. The idea was to close a perceived national security gap. Critics fear that fingerprinting could violate personal privacy rights.. 

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Should the United States mandate fingerprints on passports?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday the United States should put the fingerprints of citizens traveling abroad on their passports. `If we`re going to ask the rest of the world to put fingerprints on their passports, we ought to put our fingerprints on our passports,` Ridge told a room full of homeland security experts at a morning speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The United States recently began fingerprinting and photographing citizens of 27 countries - including nations that are staunch allies - when they arrive for short visits. The idea was to close a perceived national security gap. Critics fear that fingerprinting could violate personal privacy rights..

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17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/21/05 - 2:17:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
if america is going to insult other countries and fingerprint them like criminals then yeah they should do it to their own citizens. This isn't going to help, people are always going to slip through the net. It's like sercurity cards on Britain, stupid
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 11:51:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but they should be more sensible/ less 'pc' and stop testing native Britons.
What the fck do they expect us to do?!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/2/05 - 11:51:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
if they want to!!!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/14/05 - 12:38:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't?
Very bad thinking.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/14/05 - 12:48:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a good idea.

"Critics fear that fingerprinting could violate personal privacy rights."

wtf...you don't *have* to get a passport...and your photo is already on it...along with your full name, birth date, etc. how is it violating your privacy to add your fingerprints?

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/10/05 - 3:52:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Critics fear that fingerprinting could violate personal privacy rights." lol, your joking, righ. my figerprints are so awfully personal, they are only on every thing i touch. hell, all the school board employies in broward county alnong with police have their fingerprints on file (i'm not sure about other government jobs...). its just horrible, the privecy invasion. lol.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/10/05 - 3:57:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, fingetpring us! hell, i for one will feel safer... (not really, but less hypocritical)
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/18/05 - 5:40:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ and now i have been. got a job at a summer camp. and state law requires that i be fingerprinted.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 7:56:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that fingerprinting people when they first arrive in your country is insulting them. Insult your own citizens!! Does anyone here think America is getting a little over-the-top with all this paranoia??
17 yrs ago - Thursday 4/28/05 - 4:47:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thats actually a really good idea
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/7/05 - 12:25:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
America? Over the top? Naaaawww.
But I don't think we should require any fingerprints, from our citzens or other country's citizens.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/7/05 - 1:13:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
you do have to get a passport unless you want to be enslaved by borders that don't really exist and be restricted to the piece of dirt your mother spat you out on
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/19/05 - 1:03:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's a good idea. Might help from people stealing/forging passports. And with terrorism that's just what we need eh
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/19/05 - 1:05:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh how terribly horrible...fingerprints??? Ohhhh the humanity...

Give me a freakin' break, sure they should mandate fingerprints.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 6/19/05 - 1:14:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
No harm done in it.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 3:51:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they don't now, they should.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/13/05 - 1:07:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yea good security feature.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/13/05 - 1:49:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know, but I had to be fingerprinted and photographed upon entering the US. A bunch of children going to film is a HUGE terrorist threat, right?
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 12:37:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Looks like Italy's starting it up:

Italy fingerprint plan gets initial OK



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