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If you are reading this and make any comments, the people at the Department of Homeland Security may be reading what you say. A report that has just come out is telling us “the Department of Homeland Security has been operating a ‘Social Networking/Media Capability’ program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online.”
While the report is new, the monitoring has been going on “for at least the past 18 months. Based on a privacy compliance review from last November recently obtained by Reuters, the purpose of the project is to ‘collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.’” This is code for “If we see something we don’t like, we can shut you down and there won’t be anything you can do about it.”
I suspect that in the future, because of our Alexa rankings, Godfather Politics (5554 US) and our sister sites Vision to America (3958 US) and Patriot Update (3923 US) will be added to the list. This means you are reading the right stuff. Here are some of the monitored sites:
- The Drudge Report
- The Huffington Post
- The New York Times‘s Lede blog
- Wired’s Threat Level
- Wired’s Danger Room
- ABC News’ investigative blog The Blotter
- “blogs that cover bird flu … news and activity along U.S. borders … drug trafficking and cybercrime”
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