snoops

Every US immigrant’s social media history is up for grabs starting Oct. 18.

The US Department of Homeland Security quietly introduced a proposed amendment to its records regulations last week that would allow the agency to collect data from all immigrants’ social media history, including posts from their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. It would also affect green card holders and naturalized citizens. The new provision, introduced to the Federal Register on Sept. 18, was first spotted by Buzzfeed News.

federalregister.gov/documents

Friends, this is not fake news.  Check the official govenment site by clicking on the above link.  I considered entering a comment, but realized that I no longer trust my government to use my personal data, which is required to post a comment, in a protected manner.

This amendment is not focused only on undocumented immigrants; it also includes immigrants who are legal, naturalized citizens.  Okay, I understand that with the available technology my personal data, my social media accounts, my WordPress account, everything about me is no longer private thanks to the snoops who have a need to  peek.  But this amendment makes it legal government policy.

By what fairy-tale thinking would I believe that this is a necessary action by my government to protect me and my loved ones?  No, it opens a can of worms about which we need to be concerned.

Who’s next on the list?  Socialists, Democrats, non-believers, American-born Muslims, lovers of John Lennon music, gays, old men who fart loudly?

Smell the coffee, America.  We are on the verge of a radical change in America.  Yes, yes, yes, that information is out there for anyone to see who has a desire to see it, but this new proposal is government mandated snooping on steroids.

3 Replies to “snoops”

  1. After reading your post, I went and read through that document. I’m no legal expert, but my impression was this: (this is what I shared on my facebook page):

    What concerns me most is that this expands the collection of data to cover a number of individuals who may be in some way connected to an immigrant (aka immigrant ‘sympathizer’) and expands the type of date to include social media and “search results.” How many more people could be pulled into the investigation from that?

    The problem I see is that this could potentially put anyone who helps an immigrant, no matter how indirectly, in danger. I can’t help but think about how the Nazi regime persecuted “Nazi sympathizers.” Are we going back to the era when “Communist sympathizers” were regularly targeted, blackballed, or otherwise harmed? Any *why* would this info be needed if not to determine who is ‘loyal’ and who is not?

    Scary times, indeed!

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  2. Absolutely Shawn, one of the first things Hitler did was to discredit any news source which opposed him and then he outright shut them down. Trump is brilliant at creating chaos and discord while his minions are quietly dismantling our country and taking away our liberties.

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