Rep. Chaffetz: Don’t want government ‘searching my Facebook page’

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) warned that the government’s
search for information online is approaching a “dangerous line” of infringing on
people’s liberties.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Chaffetz said that
there has to be a balance between liberty and security, even as the government
works to hunt down potential terrorists.

“We have a very dangerous line — I don’t want my federal
government going in and searching my Facebook page,” Chaffetz said.

The way the federal government tracks potential terrorism
suspects has come under scrutiny in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings,
after it was revealed that the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was placed on
a watch list.

{mosads}Chaffetz raised the concerns about the government searching
for information online after Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), another panelist,
had discussed investigators’ data mining in the Boston case.

“Why did it not trigger other watches through this process
with the FBI?” Blackburn said.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the top Democrat on the
House Homeland Security Committee, said that many people are looking at what
happened when Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Dagestan, a volatile region of Russia and the trip was not flagged
because of a name misspelling.

He noted that his committee has hearings scheduled already to
look at the problems with inter-agency information sharing that have stemmed
from this case.

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