Homeland Security Monitoring Obama’s Media Lackeys

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

It’s pretty much like the boss keeping tabs on what his employees are up to. Considering how far in the tank the media is for Obama, I can’t see why they’d complain.

But just imagine if media monitoring went on during the Bush administration. We’d never hear the end of it.

Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

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.

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

This program began in 2010, so Bush can’t be blamed.


6 Responses to “Homeland Security Monitoring Obama’s Media Lackeys”

  1. Rob Crawford on 10/10/12 at 9:28 am


    Anyone else remember that the justification for the creation of this monstrosity was to ensure there were “professionals” screening airplane passengers?

    What happened? Now they’ve gone on rampages of “screening” at public buildings and now this. What’s the “thought” process behind this? Is this part of Lord High Emperor Obama’s desire for a “police force” as large and as powerful as the military?

    Can we end this wanna-be Gestapo?

  2. Joseph on 10/10/12 at 10:32 am

    Here’s a little factoid that I’m not certain everyone knows: The original Patriot Act was written by none other than then Sen. Joe Biden!

  3. hutch1200 on 10/10/12 at 1:43 pm

    OH, Oh put me on yer list. Then stop by so I can get a wink at ya from a distance!