More pre-crime profiling of visitors to the US?

President Obama’s televised speech last Sunday included a smorgasbord of proposals (and endorsements for proposals already made by members of Congress) for more control and surveillance of travel.
We’ll look first at the proposals for restrictions on travel by foreign visitors to the US, followed in our next post by some of those that would affect US citizens.
According to the President:
We should put in place stronger screening for those who come to America without a visa so that we can take a hard look at whether they’ve traveled to warzones. And we’re working with members of both parties in Congress to do exactly that.
What does ‘stronger screening’ mean? And what’s a ‘warzone’ [sic] when on the one hand there has been no declaration of war against anyone, anywhere, and on the other hand the government apparently believes that it has the authority to treat the entire planet as a battlefield on which to wage its ‘War on Terror’?
To understand what the President really means, let’s look at the proposed legislation. The President appears to have been referring to H. R.158, the so-called ‘Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015′, which passed the House this week and is pending in the Senate.

This post was published at Papers Please on December 11th, 2015.