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DHS Monitoring Journalist Activity Online - Let's Play "Imagine if Bush Did This"
Human Events ^ | 01/10/2012 | JWF

Posted on 01/10/2012 5:34:14 PM PST by neverdem

Just sit back for a minute and imagine the howls from the media if it was disclosed that George W. Bush's Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the social media activity of journalists. The word Nixonian would be trending on Twitter and you could be assured the daily White House press briefing would turn into a free-for-all.

Well, it'll be interesting to see the reaction of Obama's adoring White House press corps when they discover their activities are being tracked by the Department of Homeland Security.

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.”

Now granted what reporters and anchors tweet is available publicly, but one can only imagine the chilling effect this could have. It stands to reason if these reporters and news anchors believe what they're saying is being compiled into a database then they'll pretty much clam up and stay silent.

Come to think of it, in some cases that's probably a public service for which we should be thankful. It's curious how those so-called journalists at the recent GOP debates haven't brought this subject to light.

Of course with the all-important concerns over contraception, it's easy to see why they would overlook such egregious intrusions into their lives.

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.

In the case of the Obama administration, it's pretty much akin to the boss monitoring the e-mail activity of his employees. Just keeping them in line.

Let's see if any of Obama's media sycophants even register a complaint.

In case you were wondering, this media surveillance  began in 2010.

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.



JWF is a guest blogger for Human Events and the proprietor of Jammie Wearing Fools.


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What do we need DHS for, dedecting defections from the LSM?
1 posted on 01/10/2012 5:34:21 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
List of Websites the DHS Is Monitoring
2 posted on 01/10/2012 5:43:12 PM PST by Theoria
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To: neverdem

Must be why CBS just put Oprah-acolyte Gayle King on their morning “news” show. With uber-lib Charlie Rose.

It is just amazing there are any Americans who takes this nonsense as “objective journalism”.

It’s beyond a bad joke.


3 posted on 01/10/2012 5:45:47 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: neverdem
The word Nixonian would be trending on Twitter and you could be assured the daily White House press briefing would turn into a free-for-all.

Nixonian, maybe.... But the word used would more likely be Gestapo.

4 posted on 01/10/2012 5:46:58 PM PST by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: neverdem
What is this author talking about? When freepers and other liberty minded folk warned against the leviathan expansion of DHS, they were insulted, and in our corner of the internet , many were banned from FR.

President G W Bush DID DO THIS:

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2003/10/20031001-4.html

2:07 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for the warm welcome. Please be seated -- unless you don't have a seat. (Laughter.) I'm proud to be with the men and women of the newest agency of our government. And today I'm honored to sign the first appropriations bill for this department.

President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004 at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003. "The Homeland Security bill I will sign today commits $31 billion to securing our nation, over $14 billion more than pre-September 11th levels. The bill increases funding for the key responsibilities at the Department of Homeland Security and supports important new initiatives across the Department," said the President in his remarks.  White House photo by Tina Hager Many of you have served your country for years, in agencies with proud histories and honored traditions. Some of you are new to the federal service. All of us share a great responsibility. Our job is to secure the American homeland, to protect the American people. And we're meeting that duty together.

On September the 11th, 2001, enemies of freedom made our country a battleground. Their method is the mass murder of the innocent, and their goal is to make all Americans live in fear. Yet our nation refuses to live in fear. And the best way to overcome fear and to frustrate the plans of our enemies is to be prepared and resolute at home, and to take the offensive abroad.

DHS Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson took your questions on Ask the White House. Read the transcript.
The danger to America gives all of you an essential role in the war on terror. You've done fine work under difficult and urgent circumstances, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you all for what you do for the security and safety of our fellow citizens.

I appreciate Tom Ridge agreeing to lead this important department. I'm honored to call him friend, and I'm proud of the job he is doing. I appreciate General John Gordon, who is the Homeland Security Advisor in the White House. I want to thank the very capable Department of Homeland Security leadership who are with us today.

I'm also honored to share this bill signing with members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representative who did an excellent job of getting this bill through. I appreciate so very much the Senator from Mississippi, Thad Cochran, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. I'm also honored that three members of the House are up here to join in the bill signing ceremony, starting with the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Bill Young of Florida; Hal Rogers of Kentucky, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; Congressman Martin Sabo from Minnesota, the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. I want to thank you all for a job well-done. (Applause.)

President George W. Bush addresses employees at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003. "The danger to America gives all of you an essential role in the war on terror," said the President. "You've done fine work under difficult and urgent circumstances, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you all for what you do for the security and safety of our fellow citizens."  White House photo by Tina Hager I'm also so pleased that members in the Senate and the House of both political parties are with us today. The stage wasn't big enough to hold you. Thank you for coming. Thanks for your hard work, and thanks for working together to do what's right for America.

This time two years ago, America was still in the midst of a national emergency. Smoke was rising from Ground Zero; recovery teams were carefully sifting through debris; and chaplains were comforting families and blessing the dead. Our nation does not live in the past; yet we do not forget the past and the grief of that time. We do not forget the men and women and children who were lost that day. We do not forget the enemies who rejoiced as America suffered, or those who seek to inflict more pain and grief on our country.

On September the 11th, America accepted a great mission, and that mission continues to this hour. We will do everything in our power to prevent another attack on the American people. And wherever America's enemies plot and plan, we'll find them, and we will bring them to justice. (Applause.)

The war on terror has set urgent priorities for America abroad. We are not waiting while dangers gather. Along with fine allies, we are waging a global campaign against terrorist networks -- disrupting their operations, cutting off their funding, and we are hunting down their leaders one-by-one. We are enforcing a clear doctrine: If you harbor a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, if you support a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorists, and you can expect to share their fate.

We're determined to prevent terror networks from gaining weapons of mass destruction. We're committed to spreading democracy and tolerance. As we hunt down the terrorists, we're committed to spending -- spreading freedom in all parts of the world, including the Middle East. By removing the tyrants in Iraq and Afghanistan who supported terror and by ending the hopelessness that feeds terror, we're helping the people of that regime, and we're strengthening the security of America.

The war on terror has also set urgent priorities here at home. Oceans no longer protect us from danger. And we're taking unprecedented measures to prevent terrorist attacks, reduce our vulnerabilities and to prepare for any emergency. That's what you're doing.

Each of you plays a vital role in this strategy to better secure America. Agencies that once worked separately to safeguard our country are now working together in a single department, and that's good for America. You've the authority to quickly put the right people in place as we respond to danger. You've got good leadership. Every member of this department has an important calling, and you need to know, when you come to work every day, your fellow citizens are counting on you.

Those in Customs and Immigration are performing essential work in controlling our borders, and at the same time, in reducing the backlog of immigrant applicants as we move toward a standard of six-month processing time for all applications.

At the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard, you protect the vast road, rail and sea and air networks that are critical to the American economy. DHS scientists and engineers work to detect deadly chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. DHS experts help the public and private sectors to identify and address vulnerabilities in our power grids, chemical plants, communications systems and transportation networks. At FEMA, you joined forces with state and local authorities to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency.

All of you have been given a hard job, and you're rising to the challenge. The American people understand the importance of your work, and so does the United States Congress. The Homeland Security bill I will sign today commits $31 billion to securing our nation, over $14 billion more than pre-September 11th levels. The bill increases funding for the key responsibilities at the Department of Homeland Security and supports important new initiatives across the Department.

We're providing $5.6 billion over the next decade to fund Project BioShield. Under this program, DHS will work with the Department of Health and Human Services to accelerate the development and procurement of advanced vaccines and treatments to protect Americans against biological, or chemical, or radiological threats.

We're providing $4 billion in grants for our nation's first responders. We're focusing $725 million on major urban areas where it is most needed. We're also providing $40 million for Citizen Corps Councils through which volunteers work with first responders to prepare their communities for emergencies. We're ensuring that America's firefighters and police officers and emergency medical personnel have the best possible training and equipment and help they need to do their job.

We're better securing our borders and transportation systems while facilitating the flow of legitimate commerce. Our Container Security Initiative will allow for the screening of high-risk cargo at the world's largest ports and intercept dangerous materials before they reach our shores; supporting the efforts to strengthen our air cargo security system for passenger aircraft; to expand research on cargo screening technologies.

We're making sure the Coast Guard has the resources to deploy additional maritime safety and security teams, and patrol boats, and sea marshals to protect our ports and waterways.

More than $900 million in this bill will go to science and technology projects, including a major effort to anticipate and counter the use of biological weapons. With more than $800 million, we will assess the vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructures, we'll take action to protect them.

We're doing a lot here. And we're expecting a lot of you. When the terrorist enemies came into our country and took thousands of innocent lives, we made a decision in this country: We will not wait for enemies to strike again. We'll take action to stop them. We're not going to stand by while terrorists and their state sponsors plot, plan and grow in strength. By the actions that we continue to take abroad, we are going to remove grave threats to America and the world. History has given us that charge, and that is a charge we will keep. (Applause.)

We have been charged to protect our homeland, as well. And that's why we're taking actions to strengthen our defenses and to make our nation more secure. This bill is a major step forward in our ongoing effort, and I'm pleased to sign into law the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004.

May God bless you all. (Applause.)

END 2:20 P.M. EDT

5 posted on 01/10/2012 5:47:27 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: neverdem
Nixonian?

I was thinking more like..."Stalinist".

Re "Nixonian", one does suspect that Mister Obama has numerous, lengthy, and detailed "enemies lists".

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6 posted on 01/10/2012 6:03:02 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: neverdem

Seems the admin learned from goebbels, lavrenti beria, and stalin.


7 posted on 01/10/2012 6:08:42 PM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Having read you post 3 times, I have yet to find where former President bush stated anything near the following:

“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.”

If you remember, Bush was thrashed by many and felt that it was not dignified to respond. Nothing in your copy of the speech rises to the same level.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 6:10:36 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: GrouchoTex

People knew that if a Democrat took over, he’d take Bush’s tools and run with them.


9 posted on 01/10/2012 6:21:38 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: neverdem

That explains all the junk phone calls I’ve been getting.


10 posted on 01/10/2012 6:24:45 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: neverdem

I guess I’ll have to spell it out so there is no mistake by the monitoring personnel: The Food Stamp President is a loser and wears Moo’s panties when dancing with Rahm.


11 posted on 01/10/2012 6:27:59 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Theoria
This "list" is baloney. You can bet F.R. is way up there. They hate our guts.

F U B O !

F U H S !

12 posted on 01/10/2012 6:47:05 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: af_vet_rr

Fair enough, can’t argue with that.
Need to elect one that will not.


13 posted on 01/10/2012 6:54:00 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: neverdem

anyone who cannot see the primary function of DHS is to act eventually as internal security force for the US is willfully blind. Everything this agency does is oriented towards monitoring US citizens, presumably with eventual options to take further action based on their lists. Historically, republics that rot and live long enough tend to turn into what we call today police states, far more concerned about suppressing and controlling their own people than any external ambitions.

To me, personally, I worry most about a pogrom-type environment, something the NDAA recently signed would go a long way towards giving DHS a legal mechanism to work with.


14 posted on 01/10/2012 7:05:17 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: neverdem

anyone who cannot see the primary function of DHS is to act eventually as internal security force for the US is willfully blind. Everything this agency does is oriented towards monitoring US citizens, presumably with eventual options to take further action based on their lists. Historically, republics that rot and live long enough tend to turn into what we call today police states, far more concerned about suppressing and controlling their own people than any external ambitions.

To me, personally, I worry most about a pogrom-type environment, something the NDAA recently signed would go a long way towards giving DHS a legal mechanism to work with.


15 posted on 01/10/2012 7:05:38 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: neverdem
Well, it'll be interesting to see the reaction of Obama's [servile, complaisant, undistinguished media (SCUM)] when they discover [media] activities are being tracked by the Department of Homeland Security.
16 posted on 01/10/2012 7:49:42 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: All
"Hey!" screams Cass Sunstein Obama's Office of Information & Regulatory Policy czar. "What about Free Republic? Put them on the list!"

Here's how President Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein, describes FreeRepublic as "'group polarization', where people segregate themselves so effectively online with other like-minded thinkers that they create an echo chamber where the group's worst and most malevolent opinions get reinforced and strengthened."

The czar with his fetters went on to suggest: "'We might want to consider,' Sunstein startlingly told the Times recently, 'the possibility of ways of requiring or encouraging sites to link to opposing viewpoints.'"

Maybe to be taken off the list we'd have to pass a test of how dummyunderground, dailycuss, mediasmatters,and huffn'puffpost feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel about issues.

17 posted on 01/10/2012 8:05:01 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: GrouchoTex

“Fair enough, can’t argue with that.
Need to elect one that will not.”

You do not get it. Your solution is just as much an insult to liberal conservatism as the current regime.

Or maybe you do get it and were making a quick reply,

we should be removing the lever of power, not arguing over who gets to stand behind the curtain and manipulate the levers.


18 posted on 01/10/2012 9:02:27 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

drudge and puffington host made the list.

Why do democRATS named janet look like men?


19 posted on 01/10/2012 9:05:10 PM PST by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: neverdem
Well before I retired from DHS a year ago I unofficially monitored FR and HotAir daily. Every time there was breaking news of a national security nature I would get it to my boss within seconds, as apposed to waiting for days for DHS “intel” to collect, analyze, spin and disseminate it as complete BS.
20 posted on 01/11/2012 6:39:02 AM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: neverdem

Honestly, and this is purely anecdotal, I think this whole 4Abuse/SOPA/PIPA are the main reasons soft libertarians are peeling off Bobo and clinging — well right now to Paultard — but will eventually either sit on their hands this fall or vote GOP in some useful percentage.


21 posted on 01/11/2012 8:17:43 AM PST by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Theoria

The list is incomplete. If you don’t think for one minute that DHS (ie Obama) isn’t monitoring this site....

think again.

His snoops are monitoring EVERY forum that even hints at leaning right.


22 posted on 01/11/2012 11:35:54 AM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

And let’s not leave out Talking Points Memo, Don’t ThinkProgress, and of course, Politico.


23 posted on 01/11/2012 12:03:55 PM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: neverdem

Anyone ever ask themselves Why this is being done?


24 posted on 01/13/2012 4:51:50 AM PST by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Just speaking simply, semantics can be a pain.
Of course I get it. The solution is an outright repeal of this, and electing those who would do so.


25 posted on 01/18/2012 4:37:58 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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