Government Spying On Social Media – Not to Keep Us Safe – But to Monitor Government Criticism

Attention: The NSA /Snowden affair has been old news for decades.

Senator Frank Church’s warned about NSA and going into an abyss from where there is no return – ‘ in 1975′!
See: COINTELPRO (FBI) – FBI records show that 85% of COINTELPRO resources targeted groups and individuals that the FBI deemed “subversive” http://www.monitor.net/monitor/9905a/jbcointelpro.html
See: Project MINARET (NSA) – targeted personal communications of U.S senators and prominent Americans
The FBI and NSA were operating outside the law – ‘is this acceptable to you’?
Practical Note: Refuse installation of ‘SMARTMETERS’ . Take this to your city hall. Highlight them on why these are not in your city’s best interests.

See Video:  ‘Take Back Your Power’   http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/02/smart-meters-allow-government-corporations-hackers-spy.html

Note: Colonel Oliver North also helped other administration officials at the Federal Emergency Management Administration develop contingency plans for suspending the Constitution, establishing martial law, and holding political dissidents in
concentration camps in the event of “national opposition against a U.S. military invasion abroad.”

This is known as ‘Continuity of Government’

Title Story: Government Power Being Used to Stifle Dissent … Not to Keep Us Safe

Posted Mar 1, 2012 by washingtonsblog.com

One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this  week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of  Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a  defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech  and dissent against government policies on the Internet.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center  (EPIC), which triggered the hearing by publishing a trove of secret  government documents in January, told Raw Story on Thursday that a  second round of documents they’ve obtained directly contradicts  testimony given on Feb. 16, showing that the DHS instructed their  analysts to do exactly what the Department denied.

“There were several exchanges that they had with members of Congress  in which they sort of distanced themselves from the idea — that they  weren’t engaging in this monitoring of public reaction to government  proposals,” McCall told Raw Story. “But that’s… Well, it’s not true,  according to the documents we obtained.”

In a letter (PDF) sent Wednesday to the ranking members of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Ginger McCall, who directs EPIC’s Open Government Project, explains that details within the document directly contradict testimony given during the hearing (PDF).

Altogether, the documents released by EPIC in January and in February reveal that the Department is paying defense contractor General Dynamics  to monitor the Internet for “reports that reflect adversely on DHS and  response activities,” including “reports that pertain to DHS and sub  agencies — especially those that have a negative spin on DHS/Component  preparation, planning, and response activities,” among other things.

“The DHS testimony, as well as the documents obtained by EPIC,  indicate that the agency is monitoring constantly, under very broad  search terms, and is not limiting that monitoring to events or  activities related to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or manmade  disasters,” McCall explained to lawmakers. “The monitoring is designed  to be over-broad, and sweeps in large amounts of First Amendment  activity. The DHS has no legal authority to engage in this monitoring.”

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Documents published by EPIC show that analysts were instructed to  watch for “both positive and negative reports” about the Federal  Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration  Services (CIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration  and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the strangely wide-ranging  “organizations outside of DHS.” Other “items of interest” include  discussions about immigration policies, drug policies, cyber security  matters, and U.S. foreign policy.

About 300 pages of documents  (PDF) obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and  published by EPIC in January revealed that analysts were specifically  told to scour the Internet and social networks like Facebook and Twitter  in search of “any media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S.  Government,” and to zero in on discussions criticizing government  policies and proposals.

Revelations in that initial round of documents triggered a Feb. 16 Congressional hearing  and sent DHS officials backpedaling, insisting that type of monitoring  was only discussed, not implemented. On the same day of the hearing,  EPIC published its second round of documents, revealing a DHS manual on social media monitoring dated “2011,” which carries detailed instructions on what agency analysts are supposed to look for.

“This has a profound effect on free speech online if you feel like a  government law enforcement agency — particularly the Department of  Homeland Security, which is supposed to look for terrorists — is  monitoring your criticism, your dissent, of the government,” McCall told  Raw Story.

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EPIC said that its lawsuit against DHS was continuing, and that they  would press members of Congress for further hearings on the matter.  Meanwhile, they have proposed that Congress suspend the DHS program and  investigate whether these same practices are being carried out by other  agencies.

In fact, the Federal Reserve is also going to monitor social media to see if people are critical of the Fed.

And government agencies aren’t just monitoring … they are also actively manipulating social media for propaganda purposes, to crush dissent (and see this), to help the too big to fail businesses compete against smaller businesses (and here), and  to promote viewpoints which have nothing to do with keeping us safe.

Statement of Position:

We are NOT calling for the overthrow of the government. In fact, we are calling for the reinstatement of our government.

We are not calling for lawlessness. We are calling for an end to lawlessness and lack of accountability and a return to the rule of   law.

Rather than trying to subvert the constitution, we are calling for its enforcement.

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