A new Wall Street Journal article has shed some light on the Trump administration’s newly proposed plans to expose ALL incoming travelers – not just those from “Muslim ban” countries – to extreme and highly personal vetting.
The new rules would require longer and more extensive interviews at foreign embassies prior to travel, during which inbound travelers would be required to hand over their mobile phones and social media passwords.
“Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures.”
Procedures proposed by the Trump administration include but are not limited to “asking applicants to hand over their telephones so officials could examine their stored contacts and perhaps other information” and asking travelers “for their social-media handles and passwords so that officials could see information posted privately in addition to public posts.”
According to a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, the goal is to “figure out who you are communicating with.”
“What you can get on the average person’s phone can be invaluable,” he added.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, there is no evidence whether or not inspecting of social media would prove effective; its implementation would no doubt alter social media practices of those it is meant to deter while burdening those it is not.
“We want to say for instance, ‘What sites do you visit? And give us your passwords,’ so that we can see what they do on the internet,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said at a congressional hearing in February. “If they don’t want to give us that information then they don’t come.”Click here for reuse options!
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