FromRobert Bashe2:2448/44.0Date Write2018-06-21 09:02:24
ToBill McGarrity0:0/0.0Date Arrived2018-06-21 11:50:28
SubjWar With Russia
Bill McGarrity wrote to Robert Bashe on Wednesday June 20 2018 at 17:18:

RB>> Passports are a relatively new invention, and weren't in general use
RB>> until after WWI.

BM> And probably very easy to forge... so why bother?

Well, in the beginning they were easy to forge. But nowadays they contain
everything but a piece of your flesh for DNA analysis. And I expect something
like that will be the next stage. Or maybe a compulsory chip for everyone,
embedded in a vital organ to prevent any tampering or removal.

Brave New World!

At present, however, the final question is not how easy they are to forge, but
how precisely they are checked. If a border official merely looks at the
picture and compares it to the person, even a passport with a similar picture
could get by. Apparently there are some countries where this is the case.

But if a passport is really checked, fingerprints taken and compared, there's
not much chance for a forgery to get past immigration these days.

Cheers, Bob

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