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Homeland Security Dept. Pays General Dynamics to Scour Internet for Criticism of its Policies

AllGov | February 27, 2012
Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to monitor social media websites and other Internet communications to find criticisms of the department’s policies and actions.

A government watchdog organization, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), obtained hundreds of documents from DHS through the Freedom of Information Act and found details of the arrangement with General Dynamics. The company was contracted to monitor the Web for “reports that reflect adversely on DHS,” including sub-agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In testimony submitted to the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Ginger McCall, director of EPIC’s Open Government Project, stated that “the agency is monitoring constantly, under very broad search terms, and is not limiting that monitoring to events or activities related to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or manmade disasters….The DHS has no legal authority to engage in this monitoring.”

McCall added: “This has a profound effect on free speech online if you feel like a government law enforcement agency—particularly the Department of Homeland Security, which is supposed to look for terrorists—is monitoring your criticism, your dissent, of the government.”

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2 Comments

  1. What policies? The DHS has yet to catch a terrorist suspect not doped up and impaled on their fishhook at the Department of Homeland Security Trout Farm for 11 years. Show us some policies and we will criticize them, yes. But the DHS has to amount to something beyond the desire to sexually stimulate same-sex partners in public at gunpoint if they do not cooperate. You are out of the loop of U.S. homeland security Janet Napolitano, and I, for one, am sick of you and your bullshit molestations. You know who did 9-11 or you are retarded. You can read the pdf. of the U.S. Senate finding of the intentionl destruct of the DH oilwell and resulting massive ruintion of the Gulf of Mexico, but you choose not to. You know about HAARP weather destruction of farmlands and the gaming of the’weather derivative’ and weather futures markets, but you are too busy with creating an image for yourself. Where’s your fuched up policy so I can criticize it. All I see is you molesting people at airports and trying to recruit kids into your shuck and jive campaign of bondage and discipline with uniforms and epilets and all that. WHERE IS YOUR POLICY? LET US SEE IT. Janet Napolitano FAIL.

    Comment by Howard T. Lewis III | February 27, 2012

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