I had a drink with a few colleagues on Friday night after work and the topic of travelling to the US came up. I was reminded of this when I was reading of the arrest of one of Tony Blair's "top aides" in this weekend's papers.
As I understand it, Ruth Turner was arrested on suspicion of two offences, one carrying a maximum two year prison sentence and one carrying up to life (Perversion of the Course of Justice).
The declaration one must sign when travelling to the US without a visa says:
"Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or have been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentance to confinement was five years or more; or have been a controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities ?"
[EDIT: 2007-01-21 19:42. Corrected Ruth Turner's name. Perhaps I should apologise to Ruth Kelly :-) ]