Homeland Security Monitoring All Journalists & Social Media Users

(RT)   Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

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.

The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.

The development out of the DHS comes at the same time that U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady denied pleas from supporters of WikiLeaks who had tried to prevent account information pertaining to their Twitter accounts from being provided to federal prosecutors. Jacob Applebaum and others advocates of Julian Assange’s whistleblower site were fighting to keep the government from subpoenaing information on their personal accounts that were collected from Twitter.

Last month the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney subpoenaed Twitter over details pertaining to recent tweets involving the Occupy Boston protests.

The website Fast Company reports that the intel collected by the Department of Homeland Security under the NOC Monitoring Initiative has been happening since as early as 2010 and the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties.


6 Responses to Homeland Security Monitoring All Journalists & Social Media Users

  • O M G!!!!!!!!!!!

    Them some bitches can kiss my ass!!!


    Seil Heil

  • 1) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    2) The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  • They know who I am, they’re monitoring me, and I’m not stopping. This is, or WAS America. I have the right to free speech AND I’m a Minister. Let ’em bring it. Wonder how the public would feel if they did something to me? Talk about blatant violation of the 1st Amendment! Can you say ACLU?

  • You can go to cryptocomb.org and download the list of all Fusion/Joint Intelligence/Terrorism Center for the formerly free United States of America.
    I think all states are covered. Except for Idaho.

    For Los Angeles-
    LA Joint Regional Intelligence Center or LA JRIC 12440 East Imperial Highway Norwalk, CA 90650-7th floor

    They have a division of Los Angeles Police working there. There is also a tie in with a military intelligence division there too. But it’s hard to track down. Division seems off the internet.
    Built in 2007 and uses newer type equipment that was installed by a company named Memex.
    The Joint Regional Terrorism Intelligence Center states in official documents that they coordinate with all Federal and other entities. Everything gets put through a lot of AI type stuff.
    This is why for the LA OCCUPY they were so easily monitored and closed down. From the start the stasi underpant sniffers were watching their sites and while the naive hippies thought they were exercising their freedoms the piglets were compiling and photgraphing and tagging with their state of the art software, Palentir, ect ect.
    You can tell that the spooks are in high gear these days because the economy is circling the toilet so they want people in obey mode ready to cheer the bomb Iran meme. Plus it’s getting harder and harder to explain that this is a beacon of freedom when you have to submit to pedo patdowns and thought control political correctness police watching everywhere.

  • Home Land Security (Gestapo Headquarters).
    “War on Terrorism” is nothing but war on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    To implemente the “New World Order”
    A imperial fascist world government.
    Hitler would be proud of our government.

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