The Illusion of Security

Posted on May 20, 2010. Filed under: personal |

So yesterday I went to the passport office to get a new passport under my married name.  When I got there, they sent me to the pre-room where this guy checks to make sure you have everything right before you go to the real room to apply for a passport.  Surprisingly, the passport office wasn’t busy and I was the 2nd in line to talk to this guy.  He asked to see my health card, birth certificate and driver’s license.  I showed them to him and he attached them to my application and sent me to the other room.

 

My old passport

There, I waited a couple more minutes before going up to see a very unfriendly man.  He took the information and asked me a couple questions about school and work, and then I paid and was done.

As I was walking down the 5 flights of stairs (trying to keep healthy) I realized they never once asked to see my marriage certificate. I had it with me, but it stayed in the envelope the whole time.  I thought this was kind of strange because the reason I was applying for a new passport was because my last name changed.  Yes, I understand that my new name was on my drivers license and health card, but all I had to do to change those was show the little paper printout that our church gave us the day we got married.

 

Technically I could have gone in there and got myself a “fake” passport with a new last name.  Scary hey?

I mean I am glad they trust me, and I am happy I had a smooth application process for a passport, but it makes me question how secure our Canadian security actually is.  I remember Robin Williams character, Tom Dobbs, in the movie, Man of the Year, make a speech about the illusion of security. He joked that we can spend 4 hours in line at an airport while your grandma is being frisked, and yet others can walk across an invisible line drawn on the ground threatening to hold a briefcase with a bomb, and they are let through.  I wouldn’t go this far, but it does get me thinking.  Do all of the processes and paperwork and people standing in uniform really help, or are they our comfort in the illusion of security?

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Security seems to be very random. We assume it’s all so thorough. That’s an illusion.


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