The United States government is of course always vigilant about maintaining the safety of its citizens. I mean I can't even tell you how many times hearing "the current threat level is Orange" has saved my ass. Too many to count. But sometimes even I think we're taking things a bit too far.
Case in point. A teenage Scottish ice hockey star has been blocked from coming to the states after American officials claimed he wasn't Scottish enough. Tristan Harper, 19, had been offered a spot with the Alpena IceDiggers in Michigan of the NAHL. But American Embassy staff in London refuse to grant a visa to him because he is "unable to show strong and binding ties to the United Kingdom."
While his family is of course appealing the decision, it could have been worse. He could have found himself in a black site prison in central Europe.
Good to see my tax dollars at work. I feel safer already.