Homeland Security to Monitor Journalists, Bloggers, Social Media

Guess Who Is Watching

As if we didn’t know that this was already under way, it’s being reported that the Department of Homeland Security has moved to monitor media, particularly those who use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”  Congratulations! This blog is being monitored. The monitoring will be under the auspices of the Nation Operations Center’s Media Monitoring Initiative, defined last November at DHS. For those who aren’t worried, you should consider that it will collect personal identifiable information, permitting DHS to directly or indirectly learn about individuals.  This is another example of government gone wild, and while I can understand the security imperatives with which that agency must contend, I also know that this will wind up being used as a tool of political oppression.

Of course, we learned last month that DHS would be monitoring Twitter and Facebook for words like “collapse,” “drill,” “recovery,” “trojan,” and “illegal immigrant,”  among others, so to now learn that “Big Sis” will be watching those in the blogosphere and social media is really not a surprise.  The more ridiculous aspect of all of this is how it will be used, and one can only imagine what will happen to a hypothetical blogger who might write something like this:

“DHS is conducting a drill to practice for the collapse of the Euro, and while they’re using the pretense that we’re in an economic recovery, they’re using an outbreak of crime by illegal immigrants to bolster security measures by DHS, which is serving as the Trojan horse for stricter measures against the people.”

A line like that would probably set off every warning bell in Washington DC, and the fact that it appeared on a blog or in social media that is used to keep readers up to date with real-time information would make it especially noteworthy to security monitors at DHS.  Apparently, this will be the new wave of the future, in which government monitors everything for our safety and security.  What this means for Americans is that we’re lurching ever more rapidly toward some form of police state in which nobody is free from government snooping under any circumstances.

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  • http://gravatar.com/teefrtwo Gail

    Sooo do you think the collapse of the euro wiil in anyway effect the USA?

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Gail, absolutely. I've written extensively about it. Do a word search on "Euro" in the search box at top right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1723614419 Patrick Rohrbach

      It already is

  • http://gravatar.com/teefrtwo Gail

    Silliness by the DHS, gone wild…man will the DHS be bored when they find out who I am.

  • http://whatwethinkandwhy.blogspot.com Grant Davies

    I have an idea. I suggest we all put all those words on our blogs in prominent places and post them with every Face book and twitter tweet and encourage everyone in the blogger community to do likewise.

    It will be interesting to see what happens. They may have to hire a few million more spies to keep track of us.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Grant, are you suggesting a job creation plan? LOL!

      • http://whatwethinkandwhy.blogspot.com Grant Davies

        Absolutely! I already covered that angle on my blog. LOL The Obama team are geniuses! LOL

    • http://www.whitehouse.gov Jack Meihoff

      keywords that trigger their filters – keep the monitors busy so that they can work overtime and earn a good living to support their families by investigating keywords mixed in with useless content that says absolutely nothing. Be sure to add new pages every day !

    • Lori

      Time to keep it going LOL

  • Lauren

    Haha! And if we ALL copy & paste that line into our FB & Twitter accts, it oughta keep 'em really busy! lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1723614419 Patrick Rohrbach

      What a brilliant idea Lauren

  • Tony

    #PeaceNow

    Ron Paul 2012

  • arealpatriot

    Just remember that Napolitano is even more enept then Obama is and was the same as governor of Arizona, where she ran the state into the red. She is clueless and has a grudge against Sheriff Joe Arpiao and is using that to investigate him. She will be gone when we take it all back in November and things will change and fast! She was excited to get any position from Obama and stated that when he won in 2008. We didn't call her "crappy nappy" for nothing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1723614419 Patrick Rohrbach

      we will take back our country from these criminal "employees" of ours only if we elect Ron Paul anyother mook is a vote to continue as we are. Romney is just a white obozo

  • Larry Barton

    "I also know that this will wind up being used as a tool of political oppression."

    How do you KNOW that, Mark? Are you suggesting that our own government should not be allowed to SEE public media and follow blog posts? I am anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA, but I find your statement embarrassingly unsupportable. You are not able to predict the future, and you certainly don't know any such thing.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Larry, I have news for you, but if past is prologue, and it is, then I can fairly well guess at the future. Stop playing with words and stick to the point. I am as able to predict the future as you. For instance, I believe you're not going to like this response. I could be wrong, but with the past as my best guide, I'll take my best guess and stick by it.

    • W_Hart

      Here's a guy who can predict the future, and he proves it!
      http://americanvisionnews.com/1052/ron-paul-knows

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