While our first port of call will be Japanese territories, the Chinese government has taken over the ship’s wedding chapel and lock the doors. Inside, our three Chinese military officials going through several thousand passports and copying every single item of interest that lies within. This would likely include one’s entire travel history, published visas, and all data mining relevant to the magnetic stripes evident on each US passport.
Magnetic stripes contain a massive amount of personal information connected to the bearer. Likewise, embedded within the back cover of each passport using RFID chip so American citizens can be tracked by satellite. While this might sound prophylactic and caring on the part of Uncle Sam, it’s a more polite and sunshiny version of what the Chinese are doing in a wedding chapel; to wit, complete and utter control of one’s whereabouts, identity, and potential. By data mining a bearers’ past, officials hope to predict future behavior.
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