During the Republican debates last week, Donald Trump said he would ban Muslims overseas from connecting to the U.S. internet system.
I’m not a saavy enough techie to know whether or not that’s even possible. I suspect it’s not, given the letters “www” stand for “World Wide Web,” but let’s say he could do it, just for the sake of argument. The most interesting thing about Trump’s statement was the response from Senator Rand Paul.
Senator Paul said in order to do that we’d have to do away with our First Amendment rights.
I’m not sure where Senator Paul was educated but as far as I know and understand, foreign nationals who do not live in the United States are not afforded U.S. First Amendment rights. Those rights apply only to people who live in or are visiting this country.
Republicans in Congress want to include searches of social media posts in the vetting process of refugees and immigrants to ensure they do not have ties to terrorist networks or any other groups that would be considered subversive.
Some Democrats in Congress say such searches would violate the privacy rights of those people who are attempting to enter the United States. What privacy rights would those be?
The United States has no obligation to honor any privacy rights of foreign nationals who do not live here in the U.S. but are wanting to enter. Privacy rights also are guaranteed only to people, citizens and visitors, who are actually in this country.
Democrats/liberals are the worst enemy of national security, led by none other than President Obama himself. Listening to him say there is no credible threat to the United States from (Islamic) extremists just a couple of weeks after two Islamic terrorists killed 14 innocent people in San Bernardino makes one wonder if he’s lying again or simply living in a fantasy world.
The day before that attack happened Obama said “ISIL is not going to pose an existential threat to us. They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses. Our homeland has never been more protected by more effective intelligence and law enforcement professionals at every level than they are now.”
(The President calls them ISIL as a direct insult to Israel.)
You’d think Obama would know better than to make such bold statements considering it was only one day after he declared “ISIS is contained” that Muslim terrorists attacked Paris, killing 136 people.
Some Americans will believe the President, regardless of what their eyes and ears tell them. But in some ways I guess it’s not all their fault – since the mainstream media won’t report what the White House doesn’t want us to hear. And if that’s the only place one gets their news, they believe the United States’ economy is booming, that terrorism only exists in other countries and that ISIS is a “JV team.”
God help us all.
About Glen Clark
Glen retired from Federal law enforcement in 2007 after 30 years of government service. He’s a conservative but not a Republican. He believes we have some problems, but the United States of America is still the greatest country in the world!