During Government Shutdown Global Entry Interviews are Cancelled, No One is Protecting Data Privacy

During the government shutdown Global Entry enrollment centers are generally closed. In the first couple days of the shutdown I heard from two readers who said they managed to keep their appointments.

The Department of Homeland Security is largely though not entirely exempt from the shutdown. For instance 54,935 out of 60,109 Customs and Border Protection employees continue work, and perhaps the employees involved hadn’t yet gotten the memo.

All that’s on the website is that the website isn’t being updated. Helpful.

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However several readers have gotten emails and even personal phone calls letting them know their appointment cannot be honored. So people are working to cancel appointments, but not working to keep those appointments. And apparently little regard is being paid to privacy.

Here’s one email that went out Friday afternoon cancelling appointments in Phoenix,

Good morning,

Please be advised The Phoenix Global Enrollment Center will be closed till further notice due to our Government shut down.

Your appointment will be cancelled and you will have to reschedule at a later time.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Supervisory CBP Officer
Office of Field Operations
Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport

The email was sent to hundreds of people. I know this because their email addresses are all listed in the To: field.

This is a reminder to be skeptical of bureaucracies managing large databases of personal information. It’s not just Marriott failing to guard your personal information. Remember that the government’s Office of Personnel Management hack was worse, containing security clearance information on large numbers of federal employees.

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  1. @747naked: No, Apu. Being a ShitholeIndia coolie-swami is worse than being a dog. At least a dog has two eyebrows, no dots on his head and doesn’t wear a turban. Dogs don’t rape their sisters, either.

    If some day you become a dog, we will have a party to celebrate your promotion, Apu.

  2. Funnily enough you’re like a chihuahua bitch. Small, noisy, and useless.

  3. @747naked: Apu, ask your water buffalo to help you write.

    “spread” spelling

    Clearly you are retarded, Apu.

    Oh, and on our planet there are time zones. We humans can travel to other countries where the time zone may be different. You subhumans, however, only travel to countries where you are considered subhuman trash and slaves.

    Shave that eyebrow, Apu! Tighten that turban!

  4. @747naked: Apu, it’s not that I’m small. It’s that your butthole is like the Lincoln Tunnel. How many times per week do they rape you, Apu?

    Since you are subhuman, which animal hospital attends to you?

  5. @747naked: Wrong time zone, swami.

    Apu, all those years in a ShitholeIndian third grade and you still haven’t learned.

    You are supposed to say “Thank you, come again” when you end your drivel.

    But considering the coolie rapist that you are, “Goodybe, I need to go because my water buffalo wants to shag me” is also acceptable.

    Pick one, Apu.

  6. Aww. Such originality. Copying and pasting the same comment everywhere.
    To quote a famous Nazi, by the name of @JustaCoprophiliac “three posts Jethro? That extra chromosome must really hurt!” Hahahahahahaha
    Your statement on my spelling is incoherent. Please use your so called “education” and try to write it in a manner English speakers would understand.

  7. @747naked: You aren’t an English speaker. You are a coolie with a Huawei translator, Apu.

    If your flipped burgers faster, you could afford to leave your ShitholeIndia. Or at least wash your turban. Pick one.

  8. I’m not an English speaker, but nor are you, dear “earn your English on Isle 3”

    Please tell us where this fabled isle is, dear @JustaCoprophiliac

  9. @747naked: Don’t worry about which isle, Apu. The important thing is that you’ll be a good father and good husband when your water buffalo gives birth to your daughter.

  10. Aww, ickle @JustaCoprophiliac gets her tighty whities in a twist. Again!. Funny that she stays awake all night. Dont do drugs @JC. Theyre ruining your life. Hahahahaha

  11. And Im not worried, O Ye of the Extra Chromosome. Just laughing at your hideously bad English! @JustaloadofCrap @JC

  12. @747naked: I bet you make both of your water buffalos wear underwear. Makes you feel like you are not subhuman, right, Apu?

  13. Ooh. I’ve suddenly gone from having one to having two water buffaloes? Do tell me more!
    How’s your extra chromosome biatch? @JustaSaudiCunt

  14. @747naked: Apu, of course you have two, swami.

    It’s so obvious. About 5 days per month you have that silly red dot on your tiny little noggin. That’s from the days you slurp your female water buffalo and she bleeds on you in joy.

    On the other twenty-five days, you have that crusty little white blob on your head, and usually on your nose. That’s from your male water buffalo when he lets his cum splash all over your face.

    Just a suggestion, coolie Apu, shave that eyebrow. And pull the turban down to your chin. But then you couldn’t guzzle your water buffalo. Oh, well.

  15. I repeat, dear @JustaColdsore I’m so touched that You reached out to me in New Years Eve when you were feeling all alone as the clock got closer to midnight.
    I understand why your family leaves you alone. I still think there’s hope for you. See ya, no one wants to be with ya.

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