[for those who read the related civil aviation thread, this is the place to make non-aviation comments about this matter, which I would really welcome specially other Argentines]
It was just dumb luck that I happened to enter Buenos Aires's La Razón Newspaper's website, and found this! I've read absolutely nothing on this from the argentine crowd here, so either I'm just totally clueless of what's going on, or this will be a surprise to more than one.
So, apparently, starting Jan 01 2005 Argentine AND foreign tourists arriving at EZE and AEP will have photos and fingerprints taken. That will be quickly extended to other important international points of entry, so that means COR, MDZ, etc. Eventually, this system would be deployed at 335 immigration controls! There will also be special cameras at immigration desks to watch over immigration workers and their behavior and work performance, linked to The Central Immigration Net. Many judges and security experts had been asking for this ever since the terrorist attacks of the 1990's, specially the AMIA bombing, which investigations say were carried by arabs who enter the country for those purposes.
The major difference in this case is that citizens will not be exempt from this process (??). The article says this system is to replace the Siemens debacle. But I thought that was about a contract for biometric DNI's, or something like that. I didn't know it included border security (or did it?). In fact, I'm totally confused right about now.
Someone please explain to me what is this all about, if anyone knows? Will this process have to be done every time you enter, or just once??
Bottom line, don't like this at all. I think it's horrible.