The US government has created a new program that would enlist local internet cafés as spies for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Flyers that list “suspicious” activities have been made accessible to the business owners in accordance with the program, the so-called Communities Against Terrorism (CAT).
According to the FBI, the “suspicious” activities that need to be monitored include the following: always paying the internet fee in cash rather than with a credit card, using the internet service at the cybercafé in spite of having an internet access at home, and participating in nonviolent demonstrations, etc.
People are also suspected of being terrorists if they own precious metals, purchase flashlight or store a seven-day food supply.
An individual can be suspected of planning a terrorist attack if engaged in one or more of the listed activities.
Internet café owners are then advised to gather personal information about the suspected person, such as ethnicity, languages spoken, and license plates, etc.
The recent move comes as the FBI has recently been trying to pass a new law, in which website-owning companies need to integrate into a system for monitoring user posts. The system would also be integrated with popular social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter.