The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Watching Over You – Literally, They’re Spying On You

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Did you know that our government spies on our journalists? They keep lists. Didn’t Nixon get in trouble for this very thing? Why is it okay now and why are they doing it?

Oh, I forgot, it’s to keep us safe from terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security, according to RT.com, wants to keep track of who is saying what. They are putting a lot of money and resources into it and it makes one wonder what they plan to do with the information.

..Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency…

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider…

 

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