Are Social Media and Visas the end-game for Universal Gun Control?

no fly, no buy

Is the Social Media & Visas the end-game for Universal Gun Control? I wrote about it way back in 2011 and was laughed at… Now, almost five years later, here were are with President Obama calling for exactly that.

  • According to reports, an ex-State Department employee has revealed the existence of a “secret policy” that has prohibited employees from checking Social Media when considering Visa applications; and according to The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Homeland Security is currently devising a plan to make that stage a part of visa applications “before certain people are allowed entry into the nation.”
  • The Department of Homeland Security has already begun looking at “select applicants'” posts as part of a pilot program, but is getting “more serious” after authorities said they “missed” pro-jihad social media posts from one of the terrorists in San Bernardino.
  • In his address to the nation following the San Bernardino terror attack, President Obama called on Congress to close the “No Fly Loophole” – stating that “if you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous – by definition – to buy a gun”.
  • By the admission of a DHS official, there is currently no due process given to an American citizen before their name is placed on the “No Fly List”.

Social Media and Visas

Let’s connect some dots, shall we?

  1. A person posts pro-terror messages on Social Media, then attempts to lawfully enter the United States.
  2. The State Department okays the Visa of a person.
  3. The person carries out a terror attack on U.S. soil.
  4. The State Department says it “can’t” use Social Media in its Visa approval process.
  5. The Department of Homeland Security begins to “pilot” using Social Media to determine if a person has allegedly made “terror-related” comments – or is “friends” with someone who has allegedly made “terror-related” comments.

Connecting those dots, the picture I see starting to emerge is a government agency using an arbitrary set of “guidelines” to define “terror-related” comments, and add the person (and their “friends”) to the “No Fly List” – which the President would like to use to prohibit them from lawfully purchasing firearms, ammunition, etc.

On the surface, aside from the obvious Due Process violations, that’s not a bad idea. Sure, it’s illegal, arbitrary, and unconstitutional, but hey, it’s to fight the terrorists, right?

2009 audit of the No Fly ListWho are the terrorists?

First let’s check the accuracy of the current list. According to an internal Justice Department audit in 2009, 35% of the names on the list shouldn’t have been there to begin with. What’s more, people were being denied the Right to Travel because their names were “similar to suspected terrorists’ names”.

The next step is asking who are the terrorists? So, let’s take a look at some documents and see if we can identify who the government defines as “potential terrorists” – you know, those who should be on a “No Fly List”, and by extension the “No Buy List”.

Do you meet any of these categories? Have you ever posted anything on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or any other social network that might be construed as supporting one of these? Did you ever “Share” a picture with your friends that someone might think fits into one of these categories? Maybe you clicked the “Like” button on a post that meets one of the following criteria. Or, what if you’re “friends” with someone who has posted, shared, or liked a post that meets one of the following criteria? Congratulations! Without Due Process – or even being informed of the fact – you’re now on the “No Fly, No Buy List”!

  1. Those that talk about “individual liberties” (Civil Rights activists)
  2. Those that advocate for states’ rights (i.e., supporters of the Tenth Amendment)
  3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”
  4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule” (the Founding Fathers?)
  5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”
  6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”
  7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable” (who was it that the IRS was targeting prior to the last Presidential Election?)
  8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions” (perhaps those who seek to bar entry of Syrian Refugees?)
  9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”
  10. “Anti-Gay” (anyone who supported California’s “Prop 8”)
  11. “Anti-Immigrant”
  12. “Anti-Muslim”
  13. “The Patriot Movement”
  14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians” (supporters of Traditional Marriage and Traditional Families)
  15. Members of the Family Research Council
  16. Members of the American Family Association
  17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”
  18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol (the brave souls who are doing the job that our Border Control agents aren’t allowed to do)
  19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform
  20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition
  21. Members of the Christian Action Network
  22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”
  23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”
  24. Anyone that is opposed to the United Nations’ Agenda 21
  25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps
  26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”
  27. The militia movement (anyone involved in the Bundy Ranch and other BLM squabbles)
  28. The sovereign citizen movement
  29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes” (isn’t this everyone around April 15th?)
  30. Anyone that “complains about bias”
  31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”
  32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”
  33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs” (I guess that means you, since you’re reading this “extremist” website)
  34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views” (and I guess that means us, since we’ve been called an “extremist website”)
  35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”
  36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”
  37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”
  38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons” (how long did it take for you to buy your gun or knife? Ah! “Suddenly!”)
  39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”
  40. “Militia or unorganized militia” (isn’t this the National Guard or States’ Guards?)
  41. “General right-wing extremist” (you know, Republicans)
  42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N. (families of Veterans)
  43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”
  44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”
  45. Those that are “anti-global”
  46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”
  47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty” (shouldn’t that be everyone?)
  48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories” (what if the theories turn out to be actual conspiracies?)
  49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack” (that’s probably you)
  50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism” (do you watch Survivorman or Dual Survival? Or buy anything at a sporting goods store?)
  51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)” (like traditional marriage)
  52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere” (“… one nation under God …”, “In God we trust”)
  53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”
  54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”
  55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”
  56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”
  57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”
  58. “Rightwing extremists” (not Leftwing extremists or Centrist extremists?)
  59. “Returning veterans”
  60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”
  61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms” (yup, if you believe in the Constitution, you’re probably considered a terrorist)
  62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling” (you have two bricks of .22LR? That’s a “stockpile”.)
  63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”
  64. “Anti-abortion activists”
  65. Those that are against illegal immigration
  66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner
  67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations
  68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”
  69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr
  70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)
  71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies
  72. Evangelical Christians

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