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Originally posted by beezzer
While it is creepy, the first ammendment, while allowing for free speech, does not state that people/governments can't listen in, can't monitor.
Now what people/governments DO after listening is subject to interpretation and should be monitored by the people.
(Did you gov guys get that? )
Originally posted by buster2010
Your right the "right to privacy" doesn't exist in the constitution. Looks like it's time for an amendment.
How can being "situationally aware and informed " be construed by our government to be something that warrants their surveillance of ?
Originally posted by jdub297
Last year and before, the administration began taking steps to enable the surreptitious monitoring of sites such as ATS.
Gov't Admits Spying on Blogs and Forums
They’re Here! Obama Disinformation Agents Are Actively Posting Against Critics
Now, Janet Napolitano has issued internal directives allowing government snoops to compile personal info of anyone posting news and blogs that catch the attentaion of the Obama administration and its minions.
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.
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.
Whoa: Obama Administration Monitoring Journalists
This is a representative list of sites that the NOC will start to monitor in order to provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture under this Initiative. Initial sites listed may link to other sites not listed. The NOC may also monitor those sites if they are within the scope of this Initiative.
Originally posted by thejlxc
It's so too late already that this is truly "ummm, yeah." news. I have to admit the increasing amount of this in the MSM is interesting. I feel that the more they say this kind of thing in public, the better for those trying to wake people up. It's too late to choose a side, and if you didn't, they already have for you. It's an amazing time in human history.