Feds Give Americans the Frog Treatment: New at Reason

The Department of Homeland Security looking to collect social media info from immigrants just the latest development in the surveillance society.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

You've probably heard the adage about how to cook a frog. If you put a frog in a pot of hot water, it will jump out. The trick is to put it in cold water and raise the temperature slowly. Then the frog won't notice.

Most Americans didn't notice an item in the Federal Register the other day. It announced a plan by the Department of Homeland Security to collect social media information on American citizens, including their "handles" and even their search results.

The proposal extends existing government investigation and surveillance of individuals who go through the immigration process. That includes anybody with a work or student visa, lawful permanent residents, and persons who have sworn an oath to support and defend the United States as part of becoming a naturalized citizen.

The proposal to track the social-media activity of U.S. citizens shows just how far the surveillance state has come in the past couple of decades.

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