I have read many pieces in the press proclaiming that registration of
visitors from "high risk" countries is a failure because "terrorists will
not register, only honest people will".
Mr. Prchal's 1/16/03 letter to the Editor suggests that terrorists may in fact register. However, in my
opinion, it doesn't matter if they do or don't. If terrorists do in fact
register, as Mr. Prchal says they did in Canada, then fine. But if people
who are not terrorists register, then those who do not register can and
be scrutinized more closely as possible terrorists when the authorities
across them. Registration is thus a process of elimination. What is
important is not the registration per se, but the increased scrutiny given
to all visitors from countries with a higher probability of harboring
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