If you thought you’d heard just about all of the ridiculous things that can be done in the name of safety and “national security,” here’s one that could well rocket to the top of your list:
The U.S. Embassy in London ordered a mother to appear with her three-month-old son and prove the child was not a terrorist because the baby’s grandfather incorrectly checked a box on a visa form.
Paul Kenyon filled out the visa form to would allow his grandson, Harvey, to travel to Orlando Instead, the child’s mother was forced to make a ten-hour round-trip from her home to the embassy because of his mistake.
Kenyon said he checked off “yes” on this question which appeared on the visa form:
“Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?”
Even worse, the mother and child were held and questioned by embassy personnel for this one mistake. As the grandfather later commented:
“They didn’t appear to have a sense of humor over it at all and couldn’t see the funny side. He’s obviously never engaged in genocide, or espionage, but he has sabotaged quite a few nappies in his time, though I didn’t tell them that at the US embassy.”
The error was easily corrected, but by the time the family was finally released from the embassy, they had missed their flight, which wound up costing them nearly $4,000.
No doubt Homeland Security or Donald Trump would be happy to reimburse them. Nope, their last name isn’t Russian, so probably not.
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