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Homeland Security monitors journalists

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Bro. Curtis, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Bro. Curtis

    Bro. Curtis <img src =/curtis.gif>

    Oct 25, 2001
    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.”
    According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency....

  2. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
    No one seems to care Bro.
    #2 poncho, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 10, 2012
  3. billwald

    billwald New Member

    Jun 28, 2000
    Homeland Security probably monitors BB and all emails.
  4. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Mixed feelings on this. The DHS has permission to monitor public postings on the internet. Yeah, so, what's the big deal? Did they really need permission to read something not hidden or trying to be hidden? Is there any expectation of privacy for things posted on the internet? Really, if someone blogs something on the internet there is an implied agreement that the content is in the public.

    I guess the issue is why would the DHS want to monitor journalists and bloggers output? Also, what do they do with the data? That is where the real problem lies.