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RED ALERT: White House Has Secret Plan To Harvest Personal Data From Social Networking Websites
National Legal and Policy Center ^ | August 31, 2009 | Ken Boehm

Posted on 09/02/2009 3:38:34 AM PDT by PowerPro

NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites.

The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.”

In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation # WHO-S-09-0003, it is posted at FedBizzOps.com. Click here to download a 51-page pdf of the solicitation.

While the solicitation specifies a 12-month contract, it allows for seven one-year extensions. It specifies no dollar cap. Other troubling issues include:

extremely broad secrecy terms preventing the vendor from disclosing to the public or the media what information is being captured and archived (page 7, “Restriction Against Disclosure”)

wholesale capturing of comments by non-White House staff on publicly accessible sites

capturing of content of any type (text, graphics, audio, or video)

capturing of comments by both Obama critics and supporters, with no restriction as to how the White House would use the information.

This is the third controversy involving the White House internet operations in less than a month. First, Obama’s New Media operation asked supporters to send information about critics of the White House health care effort to a White House email. This provoked a storm of criticism and the White House retreated. Then large number of people complained of getting email spam from the White House supporting the President’s health care position. Again the White House was forced to back down.

(Excerpt) Read more at nlpc.org ...


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There can be no doubt that this administration seeks to silent dissent.

Freedom of speech means nothing to these thugs.

1 posted on 09/02/2009 3:38:35 AM PDT by PowerPro
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To: PowerPro

If true, then this White House is in a pant load of trouble.


2 posted on 09/02/2009 3:42:12 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: PowerPro

Who is the National Legal and Policy Center?

Are they reputable? Reliable?


3 posted on 09/02/2009 3:49:07 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: paulycy

I saw this over at Doug Ross’s site...and to my knowledge, he is reputable. Here’s his link discussing this information:

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/09/red-alert-white-house-plans-massive.html


4 posted on 09/02/2009 3:50:39 AM PDT by PowerPro (2009 - Conservative Revolution Reborn (Go Palin!))
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To: Sprite518

From who?

The media going to run with this?

Or are we just going to be outraged and expect a lot from 2010?

NO ONE calls these clowns on anything it seems....


5 posted on 09/02/2009 3:52:47 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09!)
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To: PowerPro

Thanks!


6 posted on 09/02/2009 3:52:57 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: Sprite518
If true, then this White House is in a pant load of trouble

Why? They have openly broken laws and nothing was said or done. What makes this different?

7 posted on 09/02/2009 4:00:21 AM PDT by MrPiper
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To: Sprite518
It is a real solicitation and a number of venders are interested. This would have led to the impeachment of President Bush.

I am interested in what is meant by "maintains a presence." I have not dug into the document too deeply, but there are some interesting vendor questions at the end:

2. Approximately how many sites are controlled by EOP?

Answer: The 7 networks where the EOP currently maintains a presence are: www.facebook.com/whitehouse www.twitter.com/whitehouse www.myspace.com/whitehouse www.flickr.com/whitehouse www.youtube.com/whitehouse www.vimeo.com/whitehouse www.slideshare.com/whitehouse

6. Will the tool/storage be integrated at EOP or at the vendor's site?

Answer: The government’s preference is the vendor’s site.

7. Does the EOP prefer a hosted solution, or is this system intended to run on their own internal equipment and network?

Answer: The Government requires a hosted solution.

9. The Presidential Records Act does not require the storage or archiving of non-EOP content, as such is there a specific reason as to why the content provided on EOP related websites in the form of comments is included in these archiving procedures?

Answer: The PRA includes in its definition of presidential records content "received"– by PRA components and personnel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are treating comments made by non-PRA personnel on sites on which a PRA component has a presence as presidential records, requiring them to be captured or sampled.

8 posted on 09/02/2009 4:04:51 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Ted Kennedy was Fredo Corleone without the endearing qualities.)
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To: paulycy
“Who is the National Legal and Policy Center?

Are they reputable? Reliable?”

I don't know who they are but the solicitation is real at the link that they provide. “FedBizOpps.gov” is the clearing house for government solicitations.

9 posted on 09/02/2009 4:07:44 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Ted Kennedy was Fredo Corleone without the endearing qualities.)
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To: PowerPro
to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information

Unless the free media picks this up and exposes it now, no one will know about it, and the American citizens won't be able to stop it.
I believe Oboma is trying to become the next Stalin, and he's trying to stop our Constitutional right to political dissent.

10 posted on 09/02/2009 4:08:34 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: concerned about politics; All

This is why we must make a big deal of this. Now. Call radio shows. Send it to Drudge. Comment and post about it on conservative blogs.

Get the word out now.


11 posted on 09/02/2009 4:11:13 AM PDT by PowerPro (2009 - Conservative Revolution Reborn (Go Palin!))
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To: PowerPro

Thanks for this. I just posted the link to this on my Facebook page.


12 posted on 09/02/2009 4:11:25 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: MrPiper
What is difference of this and Nixon's break in at the Watergate ??

Did Nixon have to resign ??

Does Obama need to resign ??

13 posted on 09/02/2009 4:12:48 AM PDT by W-Girl
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To: PowerPro
This is why we must make a big deal of this.

Yep. Passing it on already and planting the seeds. (Anyone out there a RUSH premium member? He'd love to hear about this one.)

14 posted on 09/02/2009 4:13:54 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: PowerPro

15 posted on 09/02/2009 4:19:10 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: PowerPro
This is the White House “Snitch Site” on steroids.

This one solicitor question is really important to me because they are having the vendor store the information that they gather at the vendor's site:

6. Will the tool/storage be integrated at EOP or at the vendor's site?

Answer: The government’s preference is the vendor’s site.

16 posted on 09/02/2009 4:19:48 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Ted Kennedy was Fredo Corleone without the endearing qualities.)
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To: PowerPro

Does the White House have a “presence” on Free Republic?


17 posted on 09/02/2009 4:24:00 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: PowerPro

Here is one dissenting opinion they can harvest:

Kiss my big, white, rich, Christian, male, pro-gun, pro-life, government hating, tax hating, terrorist hating, greenhouse gas emitting, freedom loving hind parts.


18 posted on 09/02/2009 4:27:01 AM PDT by IamConservative (I'll keep my money. You keep the change.)
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To: All

Can someone get this to Glenn Beck?


20 posted on 09/02/2009 4:30:11 AM PDT by Lynne
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To: silverleaf
Does the White House have a “presence” on Free Republic?

Their trolls are here just about every day.

21 posted on 09/02/2009 4:31:22 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: IamConservative
Kiss my big, white, rich, Christian, male, pro-gun, pro-life, government hating, tax hating, terrorist hating, greenhouse gas emitting, freedom loving hind parts

If I leave out "rich" can I say "ditto?"

22 posted on 09/02/2009 4:32:40 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: AliVeritas; holdonnow; Bahbah; STARWISE; penelopesire

FYI- need to do some checking on this for accuracy- but the problem is we already know this administration would be perfectly capable of attempting actions of this nature...


23 posted on 09/02/2009 4:35:06 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

I’ll be more than pleased if this turns out to be a false alarm but given what we know of these people...truly, nothing would surprise me.


24 posted on 09/02/2009 4:36:10 AM PDT by PowerPro (2009 - Conservative Revolution Reborn (Go Palin!))
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To: PowerPro

“Filed as Solicitation # WHO-S-09-0003, it is posted at FedBizzOps.com. Click here to download a 51-page pdf of the solicitation.”

Probably doing it incorrectly, but I don’t see it from there, it just takes me to another site and am not giving my name or email to receive bids.

Turn off cookies and scripts and go to:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?cck=1&au=&ck=

There is a script within it that goes to
http://www.symplicity.com/
but by using noscript or similar add on, you block it.

This is summary of RFQ

Description: The contractor shall provide the necessary services to capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA maintains a presence, throughout the term of the contract. The contractor shall if possible, capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on non-public websites. The contractor shall include in the information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence both comments posted on pages created by EOP and messages sent to EOP accounts on those web sites. Publicly-accessible sites may include, but are not limited to social networking sites. The contractor shall provide a user-friendly way of organizing and searching captured information. The contractor shall properly transfer the captured information, as identified by EOP, to NARA in an acceptable format for both preservation in NARA’s Electronic Records Archive and presentation at the future Presidential Library. The Contractor shall provide a method to separate content posted by other EOP component offices as required.

Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Posted Date: August 21, 2009
Response Date: Sep 10, 2009 4:00 pm Eastern
Archiving Policy: Automatic, 15 days after response date
Archive Date: September 25, 2009
Original Set Aside: N/A
Set Aside: N/A
Classification Code:
D — Information technology services, including telecommunications services
NAICS Code: 541 — Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541519 — Other Computer Related Services


25 posted on 09/02/2009 4:38:52 AM PDT by Sparko (Obama & Czars: neutering the American Voter, perverting the Constitution, all on our dime.)
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To: MrPiper

“If true, then this White House is in a pant load of trouble

Why? They have openly broken laws and nothing was said or done. What makes this different? “

Alert! Obama is a communist plant who is not a legal natural born citizen, who surrounded himself with communist advisors, who was trained and planted by the Soviet Union in order to destroy the United States.
Look the other way, nothing to see here, move along.


26 posted on 09/02/2009 4:41:42 AM PDT by vanilla swirl
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To: PowerPro

I bet if Palin or Cheney were to mention it, it would get attention.


27 posted on 09/02/2009 4:43:19 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: PowerPro

bttt


29 posted on 09/02/2009 4:50:07 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: PowerPro

Just posted it on my facebook


30 posted on 09/02/2009 4:50:58 AM PDT by classified
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To: paulycy; pissant
Does the White House have a “presence” on Free Republic?
Their trolls are here just about every day.


Indeed they are, and can be identified by their ridicule of other Freepers they sneeringly refer to as 'birthers'.
31 posted on 09/02/2009 4:51:37 AM PDT by mkjessup (Hey Comrade 0bama? No documentation = No eligibility, ok? Now GTF out of OUR White House!!!)
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To: vanilla swirl
Well said! This graphic is for you, because you nailed it:
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32 posted on 09/02/2009 4:52:59 AM PDT by mkjessup (Hey Comrade 0bama? No documentation = No eligibility, ok? Now GTF out of OUR White House!!!)
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33 posted on 09/02/2009 4:54:10 AM PDT by WaterBoard (Eventually, Socialists run out of other peoples' money to spend.)
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To: silverleaf

Yes.


34 posted on 09/02/2009 4:54:18 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit The law will be followed, dammit!)
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To: Lynne

Oh I’m sure he is well aware of it. I posted on my facebook and twitter. I am sure we will hear this all day.


35 posted on 09/02/2009 4:58:15 AM PDT by classified
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To: silverleaf

Looks like it:

Regarding salty talk aimed at the president (or other officials) vs visits from the SS
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2200093/posts


36 posted on 09/02/2009 4:59:40 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: classified

I’ve tweeted, emailed and Facebooked on this.

I’m still hoping that it’s not true but we have to be ready for the probability that this is real and get the word out pronto.


37 posted on 09/02/2009 5:09:32 AM PDT by PowerPro (2009 - Conservative Revolution Reborn (Go Palin!))
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To: PowerPro

This si why I don’t subscribe to these. How does the IRS track a tax evader down from his Facebook messages? How intensely are they already watching. I set up a false account name on Facebook and got hits from several people in my email address book. They’re already harvesting data.

It’s insidious. How else was the WH able to send mass mailings to peopke who had never cntacted them. Other than FR and precious few other sites, I am doing my best to stay ‘off the grid’


38 posted on 09/02/2009 5:14:50 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: trooprally

bookmark


39 posted on 09/02/2009 5:16:23 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: mkjessup

I’ll second that. I have nothing nice to say anymore it seems. Well, maybe Lock and Load..


40 posted on 09/02/2009 5:19:06 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: paulycy
If I leave out "rich" can I say "ditto?"

Feel free to enhance to. I am sure there are other things a Community Organizer in Chief would not like about a garden variety American.

BTW - "rich" anymore to me means that you pay income tax.

41 posted on 09/02/2009 5:19:51 AM PDT by IamConservative (I'll keep my money. You keep the change.)
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To: PowerPro
WHY IS ANYONE SURPRISED????? THIS IS THE COMMUNIST LINE. THESE PEOPLE ARE COMMUNISTS. STOP THE SOCIALISM CRAP. THEY ARE RUNNING PURE 100% THE COMMUNIST LINE!!! Yesterday, my wife and I watched an old 1962 movie on DirectTV. It was about a group of people digging a tunnel out of East Berlin and into the West. The flight for freedom. I told my wife, “and these stupid ass holes here vote TO HAVE THIS TYPE OF CRAP!!! for free stuff.” I spent 10 of my 20 years in the Army in Germany. I had one tour patrolling the East-West border. IT WAS REAL. It was not made up. People better get a grip on life or they are going to turn this nation into a second East Germany!
42 posted on 09/02/2009 5:19:59 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (SUPPORT THE TROOPS!!! VOTE AGAINST DIMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: Adder

You know, my biggest concern is this administration legalizing the illegals before 2010 in order to neutralize the conservative vote.


43 posted on 09/02/2009 5:22:31 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Never on my watch

You know if any of us have a profile in these networks share this article. Let everyone know the Control Freak Rats at the White House are watching.

We are slowly being converted to Socialism/Communism. We the people still have the power, and need to expose this.


44 posted on 09/02/2009 5:26:21 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: IamConservative
BTW - "rich" anymore to me means that you pay income tax.

Well, I do pay my share even if it turns out not to be a whole lot. So I guess I'm rich. :0/

45 posted on 09/02/2009 5:35:45 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: PowerPro

After they do this they will tax internet users. Sick.


46 posted on 09/02/2009 5:41:25 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: PowerPro

47 posted on 09/02/2009 5:47:12 AM PDT by Daryl L.Hunter (Barack Obama is the Grim Reaper)
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To: W-Girl

“What is difference of this and Nixon’s break in at the Watergate ?? Did Nixon have to resign ?? Does Obama need to resign ??”

The difference?? Nixon had a hostile Congress running the investigation.


48 posted on 09/02/2009 5:48:38 AM PDT by ScottinVA (I remember Jack Kennedy... Jack Kennedy was a President of mine.. and Teddy, you're no Jack Kennedy!)
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To: SE Mom

NLPC is very reputable. Our family foundation has been giving to them for years. They are much like Landmark Legal Foundation(protecting the constitution). This is very disturbing.

(snip)
“The contractor shall provide the necessary services to capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA maintains a presence, throughout the term of the contract.... The contractor shall include in the information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence both comments posted on pages created by EOP and messages sent to EOP accounts on those web sites. Publicly-accessible sites may include, but are not limited to social networking sites. The contractor shall provide a user-friendly way of organizing and searching captured information...

...Capture of comments and publicly-visible tags posted by users on publicly-accessible websites on which an EOP component subject to the PRA maintains a presence. Vendor must be able to either:
(i) Capture all comments posted to a list of websites provided to vendor; or
(ii) Capture a sample of comments posted to a list of websites provided to vendor, according to a sampling methodology that will be provided to vendor and approved by EOP.” (end snip)

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/09/red-alert-white-house-plans-massive.html

I could not get on the NLCP site this morning(hopefully it is just overloaded with traffic).Thanks for the heads up.


49 posted on 09/02/2009 5:49:45 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

Thanks for insight into NLPC- I wasn’t sure. I’ve been trying since I pinged you to this, still can’t get on their site.

I have forwarded the links to some friends in D.C....we’ll see what they discover.


50 posted on 09/02/2009 5:53:20 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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