Homeland Security Hires Military Contractor To Monitor Social Media

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed the Department of Homeland Security awarded a contract in 2010 to General Dynamics’ Advanced Information Systems in order to provide constant surveillance of social media, according to The Washington Post.

GD Information War

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed the request, and according to a training manual that was among the documents they received, DHS engaged in monitoring comments on Facebook, Twitter and blogs to obtain public sentiment on a proposed transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a town in Michigan. The $11 million contract awarded to General Dynamics is expected to produce “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies: positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS,” according to Computer World.

An unnamed senior DHS official denied any such snooping or out of bounds monitoring and said the training manual is no longer in use. John Cohen, a senior counterterrorism adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Post he hadn’t seen any reports on negative views of a governmental agency and that reports of this nature “would not be the type of reporting I would consider helpful.”

Read the full post at Diatribe Media.

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  • emperorreagan

    At least it’s not Dyncorp – they would have a side business pimping 8 year olds on facebook.

  • emperorreagan

    At least it’s not Dyncorp – they would have a side business pimping 8 year olds on facebook.

  • Pb

    If this bothers you so much, go on and get the fuck off the internet.

  • Pb

    If this bothers you so much, go on and get the fuck off the internet.

    • Antifascist

      The only thing more troublesome than how fascism has spread across the land like a grotesque plague is the number of obedient, boot-licking lapdogs like yourself who champion the various machinations of the amerikan police $tate. Evil people attract the weak willed.

      • Pb

        Wrong. 

        People post their personal info and thoughts on a public channel in a public network and then complain that there are devices out there that are recording, indexing, and analyzing this data.  Get the fuck off the Internet if you can’t figure out how to use it properly and responsibly.

        • Mr Willow

          The only people who would want to record, index, and analyze all of the information on Twitter, Facebook, and personal blogs, are either those that wish to control what is said—so they scan everything and pick out things they feel are damaging—while at the same time build a consensus for their own benefit to discover ways in which those speaking may be appealed to (think of it as one big, continuous focus-group), or they are those who fear a rebellion and are looking for battle-tactics. 

          The internet began to be privatized in the 1990’s, and since then those that own the pieces have been slowly increasing their breadth of reconnaissance and control of what was before an entirely public domain and entity (http://www.governingwithcode.org/journal_articles/pdf/Backbone.pdf ). Since our government has been privatized as well, the media companies that own the internet can now (if they wanted to) make it a felony to speak poorly of them on the internet. 

          Big Brother is watching.

    • Nunzio X

      “I pledge allegiance, to the ‘authorities,’ of whom I have komplete trust. One data bank, under a future dictatorship, imminently divisible, storing evidence to be used in my upcoming ‘trial’.”

      • Pb

        Your IP address along with your subversive bullshit attitude has been recorded.  Thank you for your participation.

        • Nunzio X

          It wasn’t me. It was someone using my computer without my knowledge.

          Hey, wait—what are you doing with that electric drill and those hot irons? How come you’re attaching those electrodes to that battery—–

        • anarcho

          Record this,  time is short – you are all going down…

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-vkSO6mS9E

      • Calypso_1

        .sec verif upsup
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  • Antifascist

    The only thing more troublesome than how fascism has spread across the land like a grotesque plague is the number of obedient, boot-licking lapdogs like yourself who champion the various machinations of the amerikan police $tate. Evil people attract the weak willed.

  • Nunzio X

    “I pledge allegiance, to the ‘authorities,’ of whom I have komplete trust. One data bank, under a future dictatorship, imminently divisible, storing evidence to be used in my upcoming ‘trial’.”

  • Mamagriff50

    I have been telling people to be careful what you post on facebook, they’re watching you. Now maybe they will listen…..Because if they can they will use it against you , SOPA!!!!

  • Mamagriff50

    I have been telling people to be careful what you post on facebook, they’re watching you. Now maybe they will listen…..Because if they can they will use it against you , SOPA!!!!

  • Pb

    Wrong. 

    People post their personal info and thoughts on a public channel in a public network and then complain that there are devices out there that are recording, indexing, and analyzing this data.  Get the fuck off the Internet if you can’t figure out how to use it properly and responsibly.

  • Pb

    Your IP address along with your subversive bullshit attitude has been recorded.  Thank you for your participation.

  • Nunzio X

    It wasn’t me. It was someone using my computer without my knowledge.

    Hey, wait—what are you doing with that electric drill and those hot irons? How come you’re attaching those electrodes to that battery—–

  • Anonymous

    .sec verif upsup
    .rectify malqouted
    .ref ‘trial’
    .fullwise ‘reformat goodthink’
    .

  • Mr Willow

    The only people who would want to record, index, and analyze all of the information on Twitter, Facebook, and personal blogs, are either those that wish to control what is said—so they scan everything and pick out things they feel are damaging—while at the same time build a consensus for their own benefit to discover ways in which those speaking may be appealed to (think of it as one big, continuous focus-group), or they are those who fear a rebellion and are looking for battle-tactics. 

    The internet began to be privatized in the 1990’s, and since then those that own the pieces have been slowly increasing their breadth of reconnaissance and control of what was before an entirely public domain and entity (http://www.governingwithcode.org/journal_articles/pdf/Backbone.pdf ). Since our government has privatized as well, the media companies that own the internet can now (if they wanted to) make it a felony to speak poorly of them on the internet. 

    Big Brother is watching.

  • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

    Record this,  time is short – you are all going down…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-vkSO6mS9E

  • emperorreagan

    Also, another thing to remember:

    Once world governments started establishing permanent intelligence agencies, this part of what they started doing.  Public/open data sources have been a major source of information for them, more so than any other “assets” they have developed.  Intelligence agents have been scouring newspapers, tv broadcasts, journal articles, radio broadcasts, and countless other sources of information for decades.

    The three biggest differences today:
    People are sharing more information openly than ever before.
    There’s a growing awareness that the government is snooping on that information.
    The greatest existential threats to current establishments are internal, not external.

  • Pb
  • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

    This is more or less a continuation of what I posted on the last SOPA article on this site.  In the last “detention bill” – National Defense Act 2012 – there was no distinction made between American citizens that dissent/activists and foreign entities and in that bill there is also a section which deals with provisions for cyber war –

    “Under the
    controversial defense spending act that is awaiting approval from US
    President Barack Obama, lawmakers can give the Executive Branch the
    go-ahead to wage a war over the Web against any nation deemed a threat
    to America. Specifically, Section 954 [National Defense Act 2012],
    “Military Activities in CyberSpace,” states, “Congress affirms that the
    Department of Defense has the capability, and upon direction by the
    president may conduct offensive operations in cyberspace to defend our
    nation, allies and interests.”

    http://rt.com/usa/news/war-cyber-attack-obama-451/

    What is not understood about this identity of the “enemy” in the bill,  is that anyone is the enemy,  including American Citizens – by definition.  So I go on to explain –
    “Just in case
    some did not get the sleight of hand verbally in this document,  let me
    clarify it for you.  Any distinction regarding the enemy in the
    so-called “war on terror” between foreign activity and American
    activists/dissenters has been abolished.  Just like it has in the matter
    regarding detention,  so this naturally follows – the Pentagons
    cyber war activity can be unleashed on American citizens as well as
    foreign entities,  because the American citizenry has not been
    distinguished from the enemy.  The protection of America in the oath is
    against enemies both foreign and domestic,  NOT oppression of the people
    both foreign and domestic at the pleasure of the few.”http://notinhisname.blogdrive.com/archive/cm-12_cy-2011_m-12_d-16_y-2011_o-0.htmlThe issue is quite plain,  even if this bill was not enacted there is plenty of activity (this article as an example) which would amount to the same activity.  That is because bills are just the last finishing touches of what has already been in progress,  the final codification.  So the war has been and has been on for a long time against the American people,  by the elites which this government solely serves,  because all government is merely a franchise of the elite.  The house has been on fire for a long time,  and the superstructure is about to collapse - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8OeKjiDoYE&feature=player_embedded

  • Antitroll

    Reading people’s Tweets ain’t good, but it ain’t fascism.

    • Anarchy Pony

      No. It’s just something that fascists would advocate.

  • gwen jackson

    Personally, I just LOVE the thought of government agents monitoring my internet activities;
    emails, comments, porno habits, likes and dislikes, they can have it all… i add in a lot of xxxrated stuff on purpose just for them… i like to think of them in the shower after a hard day of data-mining me, trying to scrub, scrub, scrub away all those dirty, disturbing images, but it’s like dirt that won’t come off…HAW-HAW! that’s what they get for snooping….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606943463 Lowell Bethe

      I LOVE you

      • gwen jackson

        yeah… i love me too.

  • gwen jackson

    you’re mean. i like you.
    however, you do realize that even if one uses the internet ‘properly’ and with the utmost discretion, even THAT is considered a ‘red-flag’ for monitoring?
    that facebook creates ‘phantom profiles’ for anyone who conspicuously and audaciously dares NOT to post on facebook, based on information gained through algorithms monitoring any OTHER site you may use?
    their TOS basically states “We will use your information however the fuck we want, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PARTICIPATION ON OUR SITE.”
    meaning they declare it their “right” to monitor everything they can get their hands on about you, even if you are not a facebook member and (ergo) have not agreed to said TOS?

    pretty fucking underhanded, and corporations never have benevolent motives for using underhanded tactics like this; they are up to a lot more than harmless monitoring.

    not that i give a shit, i hope we all go extinct soon anyway.

  • gwen jackson

    lol, you just described the motive of google’s Singularity University, my friend.
    Ahh, digital fascism is gonna be fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnn…

  • gwen jackson

    you can’t remind people enough of this, they just DON’T FUCKING GET IT;
    the internet is not a tool for freedom of information, it is a means of CONTROLLING it.
    dummies.

    • Mr Willow

      Well, it could be a tool for freedom of information, just not while private interests hold influence over its inner workings. 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and others have the same program
    North Korea is waiting for the invention of the personal computer before they get involved

    you have the right to remain silent

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