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Yesterday I bought my plane tickets for my trip to the USA in February. I will arrive in New York the 1st and leave from Portland the 28th

I also had to fill the online application for the Department of Homeland Security.

Among other question, there was this :

"Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude (...)"

"Moral turpitude", now that's a an imagination-triggering phrase if I ever saw one. I wonder what the person who wrote this had in mind... How, exactly do you do, do you commit moral turpitude ? How many people does it take to have a morale turpitude ? Do they have to be of different gender ? Can you keep your clothes on, when you make a moral turpitude ? If I perform a google image search for "moral turpitude", should I keep the safe filter on ?

EDIT : It goes better ! Wikipedia has an entry about moral turpitude, including a list of crimes involving, or not involving, moral turpitude : We learn that joy riding does not involve M.T. on the condition that you return the car when you're done, that counterfeiting, mail fraud and willfull tax evasion are definitely M.T., while desertion from the armed forces, Escape from prison, loan sharking, drunkenness, gambling and firearm violation aren't.

Date: 2008-11-03 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] empty-room.livejournal.com
... Wandering as I do acress the internetz, that made me laugh. xD

Date: 2008-11-03 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jabberworks.livejournal.com
What in mercy's name is THAT supposed to be? Hilarious!

Date: 2008-11-03 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_w_o_o_d_/
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Moral turpitude is a most serious matter.

Date: 2008-11-03 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jabberworks.livejournal.com
Most serious, indeed. Examine your conscience, young man.

Date: 2008-11-03 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_w_o_o_d_/
And I did, with the help of wikipedia (see my edit).

moral turpitude

Date: 2008-11-03 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royalboiler.livejournal.com
Personally when it comes to the grey areas of law
some people might see it as half M.T. but I like to think of it
as half full.

Have fun in the states sir.

Re: moral turpitude

Date: 2008-11-03 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_w_o_o_d_/

Oh right ! "half MT", I had to say it out loud... You're a genius, you know that ?

Date: 2008-11-03 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ndgmtlcd.livejournal.com
When I go to the U.S. I use my car to do so, more often than not. They never ask for any form of identification and they don't ask me much by way of questions, apart from a "how long do you plan to stay?" and they might add "What's the purpose of your trip", sometimes. They never seem to take down my answers anywhere. However, they do take great pains in noting my car's letter/number licence plate combo. I can imagine them questioning my car about moral turpitude!


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