• U.S. Customs to Solve Terrorism by Asking Tourists for Their Social Media Accounts

    February 12, 2017

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    Posted in: Post-Constitution America

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    The United States government seems to have a real thing for social media and terrorism, stoutly believing if only they could “take out” Twitter the global jihadi movement would collapse. Or something like that. Maybe it’s Instagram?



    Social Media vs. Jihad

    But while Trump talks the talk, Obama walked the walk.

    You may not know it, but since December the United States quietly changed the standard online entry form (ESTA) used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a part of your neighborhood Department of Homeland Security.

    The question added is “Please enter information associated with your online presence — Provider/Platform — Social media identifier.” The question is for all foreign travelers’ who use the visa waiver (visa-free) system for admission into the U.S. The form is not used for American citizens.

    The form also asks for info on citizenship, passport data, and contact information in the U.S., along with hilarious questions inquiring if the traveler is coming to the U.S. to commit espionage, sabotage or terrorism (seriously; see here). Not so many people answer Yes.

    The entry process for all foreigners already includes fingerprinting, photographing, an in-person interview, and numerous database checks.


    The U.S. government had 77.5 million foreign visitors in 2015. Collecting social media accounts for all visitors is producing one of the largest government-controlled databases of its kind.

    And even though the social media question is voluntary, apparently most travelers have been filling in the blank out of fear of calling attention to themselves and prompting further attention at the border.

    As a reminder to all those who bark fascism at every turn: this change went into effect by order of the Obama administration, not Trump’s.

    And who is having their social media examined? Citizens from the visa-waiver countries. No, no, not those naughty people from the Seven Banned Muslims nations, but American allies like Japan, the UK, Germany and the like. And guess what? There’s not been a word of protest, not a single court challenge. It’s almost as if people paid no attention to any of this before Trump came long.

    Mohammed Atta on Twitter?

    According to the rules, the new info “will be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information. Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.”

    So the concept is that Mohammed Atta (for example) rolls up to the Customs checkpoint at the airport, and jots down his Twitter handle as @terrorist911 and then enters the U.S. to resume his flight lessons. Someone from Customs later trolls Atta’s account to discover “Shout out to all the brothers, gonna lay down some whoop ass on Septemb–” Ah poo, only 140 characters, now we’ll never know.

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    • RICH BAUER said...

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      I am going out on a limb and predict this will be another FUCKING COMPLETE WASTE OF EVERYBODY’S TIME.

      02/12/17 7:25 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Can’t wait until the American travelers are outraged when other countries adopt this fantastic idea.

      02/12/17 7:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      PVB,
      Well done.

      PS…

      If…” if only they could “take out” Twitter “……

      I don’t think that would stop terrorists….. But…. It sure as hell would bring the US government to a screeching halt…..

      Not to mention… So it seems…. Every other government on the planet.

      PS 2..

      My answer is N/A.

      M

      02/12/17 7:46 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Peter, didn’t we decide that you must print in big letters SATIRE when you are just making this shit up?

      Speaking of making shit up, nazi wannabe Mike Anton, the genius on the NSC, has written a fantastic article about destroying US to save Us using the Flight 93 tragedy as an example. What Mike may not realize, we were prepared to shoot it down if it became a threat to US.

      02/12/17 7:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      One of the article links takes you to Geekwire and someone left this comment

      “Mike Christensen • 8 months ago
      Now we can catch the terrorists who are dumb enough to leave their @DeathToAmerica Twitter handle on customs forms..”

      Yep.

      02/12/17 7:55 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      This social nut-work idea is something Anton would and probably did approve. Gotta keep out the lower untouchable class from contaminating our bodily fluids.

      Sleep well, Amerika, knowing Mickey Anton is on the job.

      02/12/17 8:00 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      When terrorists go back to simpler ways of communication after junking all their fancy digital technology the NSA better be prepared. Suggestion- find out who drinks soup but never throws the cans away and who has also bought string at their local Lowes. Any nefarious string oscillation activity should be easy to pick up.

      02/13/17 11:57 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      A segment from Achieving Our Country by Richard Rordan posted on Delancey Place is prescient. He predicted the arrival of a “strong man” leader in 1998 and here we are!

      02/13/17 12:05 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Sorry- Richard Rorty.

      02/13/17 3:03 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Here’s the solution I learned watching Tom Cruise in “The Firm” – some ambulance chaser should open a Twitter account and Facebook account that allows one to hold the lawyer on retainer for $1, and by sending a message via Twitter or Facebook to the lawyer the idiotic request for this USELESS information can be denied as it would violate client-attorney privileged information. Trust me, the line officers will thank you that they don’t have to get involved in this stupid exercise.

      02/13/17 3:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John.

      You have no idea how correct you are.

      02/13/17 3:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      So…

      Completely off topic….. But…. A demonstration of why behaviors MUST be stopped….before the next generational cycle….

      Not to compare something as mundane as ‘politics ‘ to these monsters…EVIL is a good word….to use….

      http://foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=22995&external=3879669.proteus.fma#quickPage_html_page_22995_content_118651821_pageNum_1

      M

      02/13/17 4:08 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      I got your whoop ass right here:

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/heres-how-much-worse-david-petraeus-security-violations-were-hillary-clintons

      Sixto must be a vampire; he keeps rising from the dead. You gotta stake him to make sure his career is dead.

      02/13/17 5:25 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Sixto will fit right in with the rest of the clowns:

      Trump often claimed during the campaign that Petraeus’ case was far less serious than Clinton’s, but FBI Director James Comey said the truth was the exact opposite. During a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in July, Comey contrasted Petraeus’ case to Clinton’s in response to Rep Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) question: “Do you agree with the claim that General Petraeus, and I quote, ‘Got in trouble for far less,’ end of quote? Do you agree with that statement?”

      “No, it’s the reverse,” Comey replied.

      Days before the hearing, Comey announced that the FBI would not bring charges against Clinton, saying there was no evidence that Clinton or her staff had intentionally mishandled or deleted the information. Petraeus’ case, however, was a clear-cut and grave violation, and Comey did not mince words. “The Petraeus case, in my mind, indicates the kind of cases that the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute,” he said. “You have obstruction of justice, intentional misconduct and [a] vast quantity of information.

      Willing, right.

      02/13/17 5:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer…

      What am I missing here?

      The link is from Nov. ..last year…

      Tillerson… Is s. of state …

      Petraeus. Yep… POS….

      M

      02/13/17 6:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      Knew it wuz DEM Tourists All AL0NG ! – GWB

      02/13/17 6:58 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer.

      This is why I said… Focus on Flynn.
      Shame…. He’s a good man… Who would have kept Trump in line about torture.

      Now… Pence is implicated.

      http://topstories.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=17224&external=3879888.proteus.fma

      M

      02/14/17 7:06 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Flynn will be okay. He has a standing offer from Breitbart, Infowars and the Russians. .

      02/14/17 7:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Bauer.

      I figure he has a pension from Trump ent. He took one for the team.
      Curious to see who else is burned over it.

      M

      02/14/17 7:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Anyone working in fake news… Looking for a job ?

      ………..

      Writers block is no fun for any author.

      But one writer has such a severe mental blockage that he’s decided to step down from his job after three decades in the business. 

      For 30 years, Donald Lau has been the Chief Fortune Writer at Wonton Foods, a manufacturer that touts itself to be one of the world’s largest producers of fortune cookies.

      But now,Lau is leaving his position following a long bout of writers block.

      “I used to write 100 a year, but I’ve only written two or three a month over the past year,” Lau recently explained to Time.

      Lau has been with the New York City-based company– which operates out of Brooklyn and Queens boroughs, since the 1980s but a new push to produce inspiring sayings that promote wellness and serenity has Lau coming up blank.

      Instead, James Wong, a nephew of the companys founder, will now handle the writing position. Hes already being trained by Lau.

      Fortune cookie writing has been taken seriously at the company for years. According to Time, Wonton Foods has experimented with fortune-writing contests and theyve even feautred some fortunes from online submissions.

      The company also keeps track of diner reactions to the pint-sized printed messages. 

      “When they eat their fortune cookie, I want the customers to open the fortune, read it, maybe laugh, and leave the restaurant happy so that they come back again next week, Lau said.

      But Lau wont be leaving the Chinese food business altogether. He will still serve as Wonton Foods Chief Financial Officer.

      According to Good Food, 4.5 million cookies are produced by Wonton Foods each day.

      M

      02/14/17 7:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Jack said...

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      Australia has been doing this for a while – mostly searching people’s phones at immigration for evidence they’re coming into the country to work on tourist visas. Apparently people who would pay hundreds of dollars and fly 20 hours across the world just to work are undesirable …

      02/14/17 3:34 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump can say Flynn merely misunderstood what Trump’s instructions were and didn’t tell him the truth. Trump probably said something like “call the Russians and tell them everything will be taken care of after I clean up this mess in DC” and Flynn probably told them Donald was taking a shower in his gold bathroom and not to worry because he will clean up afterwards.

      PS. – the betting line for Trump to last 4 years is 50-50.

      02/14/17 5:51 PM | Comment Link

    • WarFerret said...

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      People should refuse this. If they start to make it mandatory then just hide your online profile before you travel so it doesnt come up under your name …. and then claim you do not have an online social media account.

      Fk the govt and fk the NSA HS etc. /middle finger

      02/17/17 1:35 PM | Comment Link

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