Skip to comments.DHS Stonewalls Congress on Social Media Spying
Posted on 02/19/2012 1:21:52 AM PST by Neil E. Wright
Homeland Security reps refuse to name superiors who ordered federal agency to analyze online dissent
(PaulWatson) Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security speaking today at a Congressional hearing regarding the federal agencys monitoring of social media networks and news websites, including the Drudge Report, were evasive about who ordered them to look for reports or comments that reflect adversely on the U.S. government and the DHS.
The hearing was prompted as a result of the Electronic Privacy Information Center obtaining 300 documents through a Freedom of Information Act request which detailed how DHS had hired an outside contractor, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, to monitor social media outlets along with a list of websites, on a 24/7/365 basis, in order to uncover any media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government and the Department of Homeland Security.
The list of websites the DHS requested be monitored for such content included the Drudge Report, Facebook, Twitter, Huffington Post, and GoogleBlogSearch, a service that allows millions of individual blogs to be searched for keywords.
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Islam Delenda Est!
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If these clowns at DHS (more aptly named Committee for State Security... albeit KGB) refuse to answer the questions and the debased ring leaders of the media circus saying look at us holding hearings, can't or won't hold them in contempt of congress (and judging by the approval ratings of congress there should be a clause holding congress in contempt of the people).
Then just quit the smoke and mirrors and the misdirection "blowing smoke in our collective faces and demand unfailing loyalty to WDC..
and fire up the prisons to put all the patriots in with the others
This administration is at war with liberty, freedom, and the Constitution. The writers of which are the enemies of this government. Our educators and the media have partnered with the devil to enslave us. Perhaps our only hope is the Tea Party and whether it is strong enough to take back our country.
Refusing to name who ordered the analyzing of the internet indicates a guilty party. Refusing the names when testifying before congress indicates a federal agency having gone rogue. They are the ones who need monitoring. DHS is up to some un-American activities.
And once again, Congress fails to force the issue. They could refuse to accept the evasions and demand names and then threaten and hold the witnesses in contempt for failing to provide the names. They could bring in the capitol police and inform the witnesses that they would be detained if they did not answer, etc. etc., but they huff and puff and then move on and the Administration wins another one.
We’ve got some heavy cleaning out to do come November.
Maybe even some trials...
I hope so as we will keep a legion of snoops occupied 24/7 simply dutifully recording our comments and trying to come up with the identity (good luck with that one) of who we really are.
Just in case: BITE ME!!! lol.
I still don’t understand how Perry couldn’t think of the department he wanted to abolish (or just cut) when I can’t think of one I might keep
monitor Drudge Report?
Cuz all he has is links to MSM articles.
Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Patrick Meehan (go read the article), where are your BALLS? You allowed the two thugs from DHS to treat you and the committee like a doormat. Unbelievable!
Attention DHS: Bring it, anytime. I am no longer armed.
As I have related previously, I decided to fly my plane to a gun show and sell all my firearms, ammo, knives and swords.
I loaded all this stuff in the second cockpit of my biplane and took off. On my way to the gun show I was feeling pretty good and decided to do a barrel roll just for kicks. When I did, all the stuff in the second cockpit fell out. My apologies to the folks on the ground below. Damn!
Yeah, I can plainly see that Obama governs as a communist dictator.
They probably threw the “DRUDGE thing” in to make it look good. I always thought Matt Drudge was an extension of the CIA anyway.
On another thought, who's spying on the spies?
The communists declare you have a right to dissent, then when they get into power, they say you don’t.
Who could’ve predicted that? /sarc
Well, someone has to keep the nukes ready. That should do it. heh
I’ll bet you my name is on a list somewhere. I’ve said some pretty dissenting things online lately (lately being the past 3 years).