Homeland Security to track bloggers and journalists


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You gotta have your KGB: Homeland Security has revealed that it is putting together a program to track bloggers, journalists, and what it calls “Social Media Influencers.”

[T]he Department of Homeland Security has just announced that it intends to compile a comprehensive list of hundreds of thousands of “journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.”, and collect any “information that could be relevant” about them.

So if you have a website, an important blog or you are just very active on social media, the Department of Homeland Security is going to put you on a list and will start collecting information about you. The DHS has already announced that it will hire a contractor to aid in monitoring media coverage, and they will definitely need plenty of help because it is going to be a very big job…

The article above then quotes from another news story describing this Orwellian plan:

As part of its “media monitoring,” the DHS seeks to track more than 290,000 global news sources as well as social media in over 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, for instant translation into English. The successful contracting company will have “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

This is quite vile, but no surprise. From its very inception after 9/11 Homeland Security was designed to violate numerous rights listed in the Bill of Rights. We are now seeing those violations play out. Worse should certainly be expected as well.

I hope they track Behind the Black. If they try to squelch me the publicity might do the site good.

Meanwhile, where is Trump in this? That this program is going forward under his watch illustrates once again that Trump really is not that much different than the swamp in Washington he claims a desire to drain. He has undeniably forced a lot of positive change in DC, but his lack of understanding of the philosophical battle allows him to permit this kind of abuse. This program centers power in the executive branch, something that Trump doesn’t really mind.

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6 comments

  • Cotour

    And where does the Department Of Homeland Security germinate from?

    911

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Homeland_Security

    Was waiting in a draw already written, just waiting for the event with which to enact it.

    Duh, think about it, how do you get something like the Patriot Act and Homeland Security into operation, whole heartedly embraced by the public in order to make things “Safe” ? (Gotta scare the hell out of them if your going to build the future that YOU determine MUST be built)

    S. O. M. Are we catching on now?

  • Tom Billings

    “Meanwhile, where is Trump in this? That this program is going forward under his watch illustrates once again that Trump really is not that much different than the swamp in Washington he claims a desire to drain.”

    Only so many hours in the day. Watching every one of the federales, from the WH, is impossible. That is why the swamp needs draining, …to make it small enough that this sort of thing is regularly seen and squashed. The real problem is that the task of drain, drain, drain, will take about 24 years, even at the rates that already have progs squealing like stuck pigs! At the end of the second 8-year presidency that makes progress at present rates, *then* you could hope for attention from the President on things like this.

  • wodun

    identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

    This part sounds reasonable but as we have seen with the FBI, NSA, and CIA an unethical President or career employees can abuse a system and not be held accountable.

    It seems that this is something that could be done in real time during an event with a search engine and monitoring the major social media sites for trending topics or keywords.

    to make it small enough that this sort of thing is regularly seen and squashed.

    Pretty much the way to deal with a lot of problems. Don’t like “dark money” in elections? Then shrink the size or the budget so less groups are competing for a piece of it. Don’t like corporations speaking out? Then stop using punative regulations to target them. People, and groups of people, have a right to speak out about what our government is doing. In order to get less people speaking, you have to reduce the impact of government in their lives. But our friends to the left want the big government without the freedom of speech to talk about it.

    Its a bit like price controls or saying health care costs will go down because an individual gets a subsidy from the government. Its all smoke and mirrors to avoid solving problems and that actually make those problems worse over the long term.

  • We must fight to save the Fatherland, I mean Motherland. No I’m still wrong, it’s Homeland but the concept is the same.

  • Edward

    wodun wrote: “as we have seen with the FBI, NSA, and CIA an unethical President or career employees can abuse a system and not be held accountable.

    This is why DHS believes that it can successfully get into the act of influencing future elections — even if only by intimidation. The IRS, FBI, DoJ, and several intelligence agencies pulled it off under Obama, and now under Trump they have not been punished for past misdeeds. The swamp is spreading like a cancer in a once-free nation.

    Welcome to Obama’s America, land of the formerly free.

  • BSJ

    Nah, The bureaucrats will spend all day following half-naked Instagram models on the Government’s dime. Won’t have any time for doing real oppression!

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