WSJ: “U.S. Considers Far-Reaching Steps For ‘Extreme Vetting’”

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Wall Street Journal (Murdoch’s paper) yesterday had a piece about changes coming and/or already implemented for those wishing to enter the United States.

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Seems that some travelers are asked to give the agents the passwords for their social media accounts and also financial records.

Here’s an excerpt from the WSJ piece (access here):

The changes might even apply to visitors from the 38 countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

The biggest change to U.S. policy would be asking applicants to hand over their cellphones so that officials could examine their stored contacts and perhaps other information.

A second change would ask applicants for their social-media handles and passwords so that officials could see information posted privately in addition to the public posts.

The effort would be time-consuming, they said and it could drive people with bad intentions to change their practices.

The administration is also working on implementing “ideological test” for people coming to the U.S.

Conclusion

Seems that the current administration is trying to do its’ best to make sure that there is nothing left of the tourism industry in the U.S. that relies on foreigners willingness to visit the country.

The electronics ban already affects travelers coming from select Muslim countries that need to check these items before taking direct flight to the United States. These same electronics are not threat, however, when taking a connecting flight via Europe for example.

The bad guys will make sure that their phones, laptop and social media accounts are clean and only contain material that these immigration agents are advised to be appropriate.

On a positive side, one can expect airfares to/from United States to be lower in the coming months when people fed up with these “extreme vetting” procedures visit other countries and airlines need to fill up their cabins.

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  • colin

    sounds more like April 1st , April Fools article.

  • McCaron

    i thought that the US Constitution protected people from this kind anti-privacy actions

    • Gaijinsan

      I don’t think it does, and even if it did, it wouldn’t matter. The US Constitution only protects people already legally admitted to the country. You’ve yet to “cross the border” when you’re at an immigration kiosk at an international airport. Those travelers have absolutely no Constitutional rights nor any special rights beyond the agreements made with their various countries (or the UN in the case of asylum seekers).

  • Ramitran

    If you are stupid enough to want to try blow up people maybe you will also fail on those ideological tests. Luckily we are against very stupid people. According to some sources median IQs in some terrorist countries is about 80.

  • Malcolm

    Can you imagine the outrage if interstate passengers say between JFK and LAX were asked to submit to this same privacy invasion? Yet far more ‘criminals’ will fly this route than ever will enter the US.

  • Gaijinsan

    “Seems that the current administration is trying to do its’ best to make sure that there is nothing left of the tourism industry in the U.S. that relies on foreigners willingness to visit the country.”

    While I generally strongly dislike most of what has happened thus far under the Trump administration, actually the vast majority of the US tourism industry is domestic focused. Some exceptions exist, but you’re not going to have a giant nationwide uproar over this. It’s a giant load of BS, yes, but it just doesn’t matter much to the US tourism sector.

    Doesn’t matter a bit to me as I’m a US citizen and my spouse is Japanese so neither of us will ever land under his “extreme vetting” procedures. Worst case scenario is that she has to get Global Entry (which she’s eligible for).