With ISIS ramping up online efforts to inspire lone wolf attacks in North America, there are new calls for companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter) to put a stop to this. Eric Bolling asks if social media should be doing more to track terrorists online or in some cases, be doing less by removing groups like ISIS from their venues. Juan Williams, the lone voice of sanity on the panel of Cashin' In, tried to inform his colleagues of our rights to privacy, guaranteed by the Constitution on this Fox News program. Cashin' In always employs some degree of fear-mongering to 'info-tain' their target audience.
Hysteric-in-chief of the segment, Jonathan Hoenig, believes that simply monitoring and tracking the online communication efforts of terrorists or their sympathizers is not enough, we must destroy their entire ideology. The purview of the government is physical force, which he decides is the force to eradicate their thinking, if that's even possible.
Wayne Rogers and Michelle Fields understand that shutting down accounts dedicated to planning and logistics would be counter-productive, but recruitment sites should be dismantled. Rogers especially acknowledges the rights of privacy, agreeing with Michelle and Juan.
But Hoenig wishes to rescind these would-be-terrorists' rights, which would invalidate everyone's rights as well, which is not very Libertarian-like at all. He imagines that you cannot get a warrant on those who wish to destroy America. Therefore, the only response is military force and monitoring their Twitter accounts "isn't going to do one lick of a difference." Things would be subsequently better if we used physical force and
if we did it correctly and if we had leadership in Washington that did it correctly, you wouldn't need much to do it.
The problem is we can't directly call out the enemy, because it has several monikers, which is probably news to most of us. A good start would be naming the enemy and of course we're not allowed to do that, it's ISIS, ISIL. Hoenig was all over the place, even dredging up the 'shoe bomber' and Juan Williams called him out on it.
"Jonathan, you are all over the map." He explained that you cannot use force to go after an ideology nor can you completely eradicate that ideology, and any search of private information requires a warrant. This upset a very frenetic Hoenig who cried, "Respect the constitutional rights of people who wish to destroy America?!"
Hoenig says shutting down their Twitter accounts makes them think they have a chance. He doesn't agree with the NSA's data mining practices, that is not the purview of the government. The government is merely a hit man, and pursuit of actionable intelligence is futile. Hoenig thinks like he perceives the terrorists think, and will not understand the nuance of merely monitoring communications. This Ayn Rand disciple endorses a much more brutal and Draconian approach to all aspects of life.