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house Bill H.R. 114

Social Media Screening for Terrorists Act of 2017

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Title

Social Media Screening for Terrorists Act of 2017

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to search all public records to determine if an alien is inadmissible to the United States.

Summary

Social Media Screening for Terrorists Act of 2017 This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to search all public records, including Internet sites and social media profiles, to determine if an alien applying for admission to the United States is inadmissible under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
    Well, since American CITIZENS have given up their right to privacy, why should terrorists and other immigrants have more right to privacy than we have?! But yeah, we know that terrorists recruit through social media and use it to boast of their accomplishments. STOP SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT A WARRANT AND CONCENTRATE ON THE REAL ENEMY: ISLAMIC SUPREMACISTS! This is a VERY SHORT bill; here's basically all it says: SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Social Media Screening for Terrorists Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. REQUIREMENT TO SEARCH RECORDS OF ALIENS APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall search all public records, including Internet sites and social media profiles, to determine if an alien applying for admission to the United States is inadmissible under section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182). I have no objections as long as it doesn't get interpreted as an excuse to increase unconstitutional surveillance of Americans! I'm very disappointed that more people aren't up in arms (figuratively speaking!!) over the fact that BIG BROTHER is collecting ALL KINDS OF PERSONAL DATA on every single one of us! IS IT REALLY THAT DIFFICULT FOR UNCLE SAM TO PROTECT US FROM OUR ENEMIES WITHOUT ROBBING US OF OUR RIGHTS IN THE PROCESS??!! THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE! That means vigilance over our government, as well as foreign enemies! A GREAT DEAL OF HARM HAS BEEN DONE BY "WELL-MEANING" PEOPLE, and a complaisant society has done little to stop it. Too many of us have been conditioned to expect the federal government to solve all of our problems, the end result of which has been the growth of government, the growth of our national debt, and the LOSS OR CURTAILMENT OF MANY OF THE RIGHTS MY GENERATION GENERALLY TOOK FOR GRANTED (big mistake!). "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" -Ben Franklin
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    Sounds like further justification for surveillance of Americans.
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    This has been going on already we've known for years. It seems to be a moot point at this time.
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    The world is changing and with that comes all the social media. This law needs to apply to anyone trying to immigrate to this country.
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    Too general. What is the measure for what constitutes terrorist activity?
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    This is too broadly based. It seems to allow the government access to things beyond the scope of the individual being investigated
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    Since 9/11, the Patriot Act has evolved to the point that the NSA can collect your private phone, e-mail and social network information without a warrant or any justification. Further, as a last act of the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed orders that would allow the NSA to share all this warrantless spying information with all law enforcement agencies, including foreign authorities. This is an outrageous invasion of our privacy, and needs to be STOPPED IMMEDIATELY! There needs to be just cause shown to an independent judge to acquire a warrant for access to private information.
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    Any immigrant entering this nation should be equipped with the tools to scrutinize that immigrant. I agree with many on Countable it's not to be turned back on American citizens. I'm laughed at for keeping electrical tape over my iPod. I'm not believed when I tell ppl that now big brother can spy through light bulbs, refrigerators,and the real reason for taking lead out of paint it blocked spying into the homes. I wish we had more ppl in our government like whistleblower William Binney. Pity our government is overstocked with ppl that have a sinister downward spiral plan.
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    Why would we not want to ferret out all information on potential immigrants??
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    Waste of time as this is already being done.
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    No gov't overreach into private citizens data. Privacy is threatened and the current administration must not be allowed access to my, or anyone's personal data based on fear
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    "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" -Ben Franklin
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    Makes it too easy for unnecessary surveillance.
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    Whatever - according to govtrack.uscongress the bill only has a 2% chance of passing. I'm sure it's already being done.
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    Too much information could be potentially damning innocent civilians. Until the United States gets better at analyzing material then we should wait on the analytical review of what is essentially a dairy of half truths.
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    Needs to be more specific on what grounds a person is being looked into, as in there should be a reason for suspicion not just the fact that they are an alien.
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    This is not spying. This the checking government records, public records and open source review of social media. Social media is information placed out in the open and cannot be deemed as private unless separate actions are taken to secure that information. This is not about United States citizens anyway.
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    Too general.
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    If someone wanted to do serious harm, they wouldn't post it online for the world to see. Stick with background checks. People are free to post their opinions online without fear.
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    This is too broad and may allow open surveillance on everyone.
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