Wow, things are moving at a blistering pace! The government is going to identify and monitor all journalists, not just dissidents (or those that use ‘certain keywords’), so that they can discredit and/or detain any news story and news reporter at will. Just 15 days ago in a blog post entitled “Maybe Not the Best Time to Start a Blog” I linked to an article from Informationclearinghouse.info that says The Department of Homeland Security will be monitoring the public internet for keywords. That was then (15 days ago), This is now. The seemingly irreversible march to detention centers is well underway. The first step of identification has begun. The legal authority to indefinitely detain suspects has been put into place (signed on New Year’s Eve). All that is left is the time it takes them to
1. document and identify those who are deemed threats to the state, i.e. counter the official state stories (think truth vigilantes),
2. commence the pre-planned false flag event so that they have an excuse to
3. start rounding up the
troublemakers err, accused terrorists.
When does blogging become an official terrorist activity as listed by the DHS?
HOMELAND SECURITY GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO MONITOR AMERICAN JOURNALISTS
- Posted on January 9, 2012 at 11:44pm by Tiffany Gabbay
Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”
According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can 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.
The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.
According to RT, the website “Fast Company” reports that the NOC Monitoring Initiative has been in play since at least early-2010 and that the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties.