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DHS Stonewalls Congress on Social Media Spying
teaparty.org ^ | February 16, 2010 | Ralph E. Walls Sr.

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 agency’s 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; dhs; dhsisajoke; donttreadonme; freedom; govtabuse; obama; obmam; socialmedia; spying; tyranny; waronliberty
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1 posted on 02/19/2012 1:21:57 AM PST by Neil E. Wright
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To: Neil E. Wright

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. “


2 posted on 02/19/2012 1:47:18 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Neil E. Wright
If this is not just another handjob by our elected leaders to pontificate on so much they are doing to protect us.... "you can wax the hair off my back and ride me like a surf board down Pennsylvania Ave.

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

3 posted on 02/19/2012 2:27:55 AM PST by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” Tho)
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To: dagogo redux; Neil E. Wright; SERE_DOC

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.


4 posted on 02/19/2012 3:33:34 AM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

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.


5 posted on 02/19/2012 5:37:15 AM PST by healy61
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To: Neil E. Wright

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.


6 posted on 02/19/2012 6:11:02 AM PST by Truth29
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To: healy61

We’ve got some heavy cleaning out to do come November.
Maybe even some trials...


7 posted on 02/19/2012 6:11:54 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Neil E. Wright
I can't believe that if this an ongoing op (which it appears to be) that the Fat Bitch's (Big Sis) jack-booted thugs are not monitoring FR as this is probably the most Conservative site out there and we Freepers are hardly reticent or timid when it comes to expressing our opinion about the Dept of Homeland [IN]Security; any of its many stooges and morons (specifically those who work for the TSA) as well as her boss, the Neo-Commie, Narcissistic, Fascist, Barry Hussein O'Bozzo.

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.

8 posted on 02/19/2012 6:35:44 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Neil E. Wright
F U B O !

9 posted on 02/19/2012 7:27:32 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Truth29
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.

And this is why I have little faith that the GOP really gives a damn about Conservatives.

And to add to what you said, Congress could also force a cut off in funding to General Dynamics over this contract. There is a lot of things Congress can do, but they won't.
10 posted on 02/19/2012 9:17:32 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Neil E. Wright

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


11 posted on 02/19/2012 12:15:57 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Neil E. Wright

monitor Drudge Report?

The visitors?

Cuz all he has is links to MSM articles.


12 posted on 02/19/2012 12:17:09 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Neil E. Wright; Nachum; LucyT; Travis McGee

FYI.


13 posted on 02/19/2012 1:00:16 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: Neil E. Wright

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!


14 posted on 02/19/2012 1:31:45 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Neil E. Wright
TRANSPARENCY

Yeah, I can plainly see that Obama governs as a communist dictator.

15 posted on 02/19/2012 3:05:44 PM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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To: Neil E. Wright; Fred Nerks
Really. What in hell did America expect? The nation elected a liberal fascist to the presidency and now we see the wages of liberal fascism.And its just getting started.Soon NO ONE will even dare to report these privacy violations and violations of freedom.Thats what history teaches us is the next evolution.Notice how the GOP won't even mention it? EFFERS?

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16 posted on 02/19/2012 3:36:45 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Neil E. Wright; All
Pardon me, while my inner Johnny Cash speaks out on this matter ...

DHS?!? This is for ***YOU*** !!!!!

17 posted on 02/19/2012 3:58:58 PM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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To: GeronL

They probably threw the “DRUDGE thing” in to make it look good. I always thought Matt Drudge was an extension of the CIA anyway.


18 posted on 02/20/2012 8:22:50 AM PST by TiaS
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To: upchuck
. . . think of all the free information and research they can gain by snooping on us. We become providers of information to them. Hey, I want a pretty good consulting fee if they plunder my mind.

On another thought, who's spying on the spies?

19 posted on 02/20/2012 8:54:45 AM PST by TiaS
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To: Neil E. Wright

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


20 posted on 02/20/2012 9:50:23 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: GeronL

Defense? ;-)


21 posted on 02/20/2012 4:47:09 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Tunehead54

Well, someone has to keep the nukes ready. That should do it. heh


22 posted on 02/20/2012 4:54:24 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Neil E. Wright

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).


23 posted on 02/21/2012 5:57:12 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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