Guest Post: Does The US Government Want To Prevent You From Leaving?

Tyler Durden's picture

From Simon Black of Sovereign Man

Does The US Government Want To Prevent You From Leaving?

Can you imagine being trapped inside your home country, unable to
leave? It may be closer to a reality than you realize. I’ll tell you a
quick story to explain.

This weekend I rented a car in Bulgaria with the aim of driving
through Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and eventually into Greece. Now, I’m
no virgin to land border crossings in the developing world and
understand the corruption and incompetence that typifies customs
checkpoints. But this weekend’s experience was much more.

With documents in hand, I drove to my first border crossing in
Strezimirovci, Bulgaria. After clearing customs on the Bulgarian side,
the Serbian officers decided that they would not allow me to enter with
the normal papers, and instead required that I obtain another customs
form to proceed.

Unfortunately, they had no such customs form at their station, so
they turned me around and sent me to another border check point in
Kalotina, over an hour away.

The road from Strezimirovci to Kalotina skirts the Serbian border for
a large part of the drive– quite literally, on one side of the road is
Serbia, and on the other is Bulgaria. It’s all part of the same
landscape with no discernable difference… these are just invisible lines
guarded by gun-toting monkeys.

When I arrived to Kalotina, I found the ‘office’ where I was supposed
to obtain the new document– just a simple, roadside concession stand.
The ‘agent’ was the shop’s proprietor, a chain-smoking Serbian woman
with rather mannish features.

Once I paid the appropriate fee, she spent the next 10 minutes
hacking at her keyboard to produce an official looking Cyrillic document
with lots of stamps and seals.

While I was waiting for her to finish, four different customers came
into the shop to stock up on snacks and drinks. All they wanted was a
cold one for the road, but they eventually got tired of waiting and

These four customers represented potential transactions that could
have contributed something to the economy. Instead, though, they were
preempted by an unnecessary bureaucracy that adds absolutely no value

As expected, the Serbian customs agent barely glanced at the form
when I crossed the border this time. Finally on Serbian soil, I pointed
my car towards Pristina.

Now, Serbia still pretends like Kosovo is part of its sovereign
territory, and Serbian police are under strict instructions to make the
immigration checkpoint on the Kosovo border as painful as possible.

The vehicle line at the checkpoint was backed up so much that it took
several hours to pass. All along the way, there was not a single
bathroom, vending machine, fuel station, or even street light. It’s
obvious that they want to incovenience travelers to the point that
people will think twice before visiting Kosovo again.

When it was finally my turn, I drove up to the policeman and handed
him all of my papers. He slowly went through every single detail,
looking for any technicality he could find to prevent me from crossing.

The rest the station was staffed with 10 other agents.  All
brandished automatic weapons slung over their backs, yet each stood
around doing absolutely nothing. One person was “working,” and the other
ten were smoking, eating, drinking, and shooting the breeze.

Frankly, I pity all of these border agents whose only function is to
deny, obstruct, or otherwise frustrate the forward progress of other
human beings.  These people will go their entire careers contributing
nothing of value to the world, and destroying what others are trying to
create. It’s truly a pitiful existence.

This weekend’s affair was a clear example of what happens when a
government imposes mind-numbing bureacracy to prevent freedom of
movement. And if you think it can’t happen where you live, think again.

In the US, the government now requires all citizens to have a
passport in order to pass the border, even when driving into Mexico or
Canada. Obtaining a passport, however, is neither free nor guaranteed. 
You must apply, pay an ever-increasing fee, and wait for weeks to be
approved and receive it.

Recently, the State Department quietly proposed a new ‘biographical questionnaire’ in lieu of the traditional passport application. The new form requires you to provide things like:

- names, birth places, and birth dates of your extended family members
- your mother’s place of employment at the time of your birth
- whether or not your mother received pre-natal or post natal care
- the address of your mother’s physician and dates of appointments
- the address of every place you have ever lived in your entire life
- the name and address of every school you have ever attended

Most people would find it impossible to provide such information, yet
the form requires that the responses ‘are true and correct’ under
penalty of imprisonment.

Naturally, the privacy statement on the application also acknowledges
that the responses can be shared with other departments in the
government, including Homeland Security.

If this proposal passes, then US citizens will have a nearly
insurmountable hurdle to obtain a passport and be able to leave the
country at will. Even if it doesn’t pass, it’s a clear demonstration of
what the people who run the country are thinking.

Have you reached your breaking point yet, comrades? Let me know what you think.

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Dangertime's picture

Freedom is measured not by where you can enter, but whether you can exit.

Ying-Yang's picture

Passports... We don't need no stinking passports.

Los Zetas are gearing up to offer cross border transport from San Antonio to Mexican safe houses for only $2,000 US per person. They insure safe passage, providing armed escorts using the best AK47 Eric Holder can provide.

See there is change you can believe in!

Rodent Freikorps's picture

They'll even throw in a free, unmarked grave for you and your family...after they are done killing the males and raping the females to death.

Bob's picture

Always a few bad apples. 

Josh Randall's picture

cue opening riff to "Hotel California"...wait for it...NOW

asteroids's picture

Be fortunate that the TSA doesn't steal your passport, as they did mine and my wifes!

augie's picture

Makes sense, I know a lot of free assholes. 

Sudden Debt's picture

 they would not allow me to enter with the normal papers, and instead required that I obtain another customs form

I call it: 20$ and problem solved.


redpill's picture

$50 at least.  Inflation.

Sudden Debt's picture

30$ and my sunglasses. I'm sorry, I'm from Belgium, we're broke to you know :)


mr_T's picture

Money talks $ $ seems like just yesterday I bribed the border gaurds crossing Laos to Cambodia...

If you can't escape from NY or LA you can always vacation at Club FEMA.... All inclusive including transportation...

Sudden Debt's picture

I remember those all to well :)

I crossed 3 border crossing going from Laos to Cambodja 2 years ago. It didn't really make that much sense and you only figure out that the first 2 where fake once you crose the 3rd.

Those guard set up as many post needed according to their money needs.

And they only take crips dollar bills.

And how was Vieng Vieng? Still like disneyland with buckets of Whiskey? :)

Don't forget to go to spider city. It's worth it! And try the fried spiders, they're pretty good.

And for 150$ you can go RPG shooting in Pnong Pheng. 500$ if you want to shoot a cow :)


MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

you only figure out that the first 2 where fake once you crose the 3rd.


Now that is damn funny.

Urban Redneck's picture

The Cambodians appreciate having some genuine US worthless fiat to dilute all the counterfeit US worthless fiat in the local money supply.  It's not like UNTAC comes to town on a regular basis anymore permitting the local banks to take delivery of (heist) hard currency and stuff their ATMs full the fake stuff to supply the Toyota Taliban on payday.

chumbawamba's picture

I called the "further information" number included in the "60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection" ( and asked about the new passport application.  This is what I was told:

- The proposal has been withdrawn.  Passport application remains the same as before (i.e. no additional data collection as described in the proposal).

- The proposal is currently being revised and will be submitted for public comment and review within 30-45 days.

- Simon Black should do more research to get his facts straight instead of talking out of his ass.

- If you have been thinking about getting or renewing your US passport before any such new rules do take affect, begin the application process today.

I am Chumbawamba.

macholatte's picture

Simon Black should do more research to get his facts straight instead of talking out of his ass.

Less sensationalism would mean fewer readers would mean less revenue would mean fewer jobs would mean a collapse of the economy and civil unrest. You don't want the blood of innocents on your hands do you? Perhaps you should rethink your position. Simon is doing God's work.

kito's picture

"Simon Black should do more research to get his facts straight instead of talking out of his ass."

couldnt have said it better myself.

augie's picture

God damn right you are. +1

illyia's picture

You are Chumbawamba.


pazmaker's picture

Thanks Chumba,  I couldn't agree with you more... As I said below, Simon is a little late to the party!

The Alarmist's picture

Chumbawamba, you may be the man, but you should at least acknowledge the seriuosness of the fact that this was a "serious" proposal from our lords and masters ... maybe it was simply with the aim of innocently gathering statistically interesting data, or maybe it was with sinister intentions as suggested by Mr. Black.

I for one would answer all the questions with, "Previously disclosed" or "Asked and Answered."  They already know all that crap on people in whom they are interested ... shame those are not the same people who are actually threats.

chumbawamba's picture

I appreciate overall what Simon does but his essays tend to be poorly backgrounded travelogues of little relevance to his primary message, which is "have an exit plan from Fortress USA".  And I couldn't agree more.  But this is my "final straw" moment for his writings, where he regularly employs poorly- or un-researched assertions that are contrary to fact or reality.  It's simple fact checking, and he doesn't do it, which tends to make me feel like he doesn't take what he's talking about that seriously, but rather simply putting words to page to have something for his blog to keep the page views coming and hence the ad revenue.

I agree, it was and is a serious proposal.  According to the person I spoke to they are "re-vamping" it, so they must've felt the ire of We (the People), which is rare, and might be backing off a bit.  Or perhaps they needed to make time to hire linguists to determine how they could word the application in a more pony and rainbow way while still requesting and requiring the same information.  I guess we'll find out when the new application comes out in another month or so for comment.  Whatever it ends up being, I'd take Nancy Reagan's advice on this drug: Just Say No.

When the new application proposal comes out, watch for it, then call or write in and be heard.  If you read the proposal document (linked in the article) they actually anticipate the number of comments they will receive from the public for budgeting purposes.  If enough people can get notified and motivated to comment and the response is overwhelming, it'll actually cost them more to process the responses, and that might send a message.  Maybe.

I am Chumbawamba.

BigJim's picture

According to the person I spoke to they are "re-vamping" it, so they must've felt the ire of We (the People)...

Naw, they're working on making it harder.

nmewn's picture

You're a good man Chumba.

Eternal Student's picture

Back in the 1990's, I took a flight to Canada. Upon getting in line for customs, I discovered that I had left my wallet back in my car, back in the States. The guy at the customs stand pointed me to the back, once I explained my situation. So I went there and talked to the next customs official. I explained who I was, what I was doing here, and showed my plane tickets to my next connecting flight (which was taking off in an hour). No problem.

Yes, that's right. I legally entered Canada without any ID whatsoever. And I was able to return to the States the same way.

I mention this because that's how things should be, and once were. Living in fear only benefits those power hungry sociopaths who are currently running the joint. Things used be great in this Country, and they can be again. But people have to demand it. It won't be handed out on a silver platter.

Abitdodgie's picture

You do not need a passport only 14th Amendment and federal citizens need them , they like to know where their slaves go . Stop being slaves and become a sovereign of the real America 

OrestesPenthilusQuintard's picture

I remember Bill Cooper and Ralph Epperson talking about this....

He_Who Carried The Sun's picture

Permanent passports were invented by the Russians in the aftermath of WWI in order to prevent Russians from leaving the Sovietunion...

almost_have_a_name's picture

You have to get out of it before you can get into it :)

Rastadamus's picture

My whole family has passports. Soon I will have my Jamaican Passport and then my wife and kids will get one too. Born in California, I am fortuante enough to have foreign born parents and a Jamaican naturalization process that is friendly to the offspring of Jamaicans.


props2009's picture

Another Indian bank raises rates. Now Banks in India are paying 10% for keeping cash in Banks. Risk free return of 10%

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

A return of 10%?


Risk Free?


On second thought, NO.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Depends on whether they decide to join the turbo squad, and or potential conversion cost issues.  Definitely not a crazy idea to invest in India, but risk free it's not.

Smiddywesson's picture

If, as I suspect, they can get cheap money from the government, but are willing to borrow it from you for 10%, they are worried about liquidity.  If a bank is worried about liquidity, there's a garrgantuan reason.

yesmassarothschild's picture

They want the liquidity to purchase metals. Gargantuan amounts.

janchup's picture

I'm glad I'm 71 and wont be too concerned in a decade or two.

"Change We Can Believe In" is code for "I will destroy America" and nothing less.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Social Justice is in fact code for fuck whitey.

Bob's picture

That . . . sounds good, actually.  It is nice to not have to actually say it.  Inspired, really.

I think I'll start using it. 

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Geez, Bob, I thought you were dialed in with the ruling elite.

Seems you have some catching up to do.

kevinearick's picture

gotta be smarter than a computer / black hole...

Community Currency

So, those of you who are fluid in wiring and ladder diagram transformation see Caesar’s algorithm for building black holes. It’s pretty simple stupid, once you understand the tools. Caesar has already done you the favor of distilling out all the pieces you need, while locking up the remainder of the economic tiles, for recycling. No community currency will be required.

For everyone else, I will provide an algorithm for setting up a community currency. It’s a temporary feedback signal to align the community into self-regulation and trade of surplus. It has to be withdrawn faster than Caesar can get a lock on it. In the meantime, the first piece is a top-of-the-line currency trader. Find that kid.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

I have an an enhanced drivers license so the whole hemisphere of the US empire is my oyster.

carbonmutant's picture

ACLU apparently doesn't like them

"EDL’s contain a unique identifying number encoded in the RFID chip, which can be easily read and tracked up to 30 feet away without an individual’s knowledge or consent."