Department Of Homeland Security Compiles List Of All Bloggers, Journalists, & "Social Media Influencers"

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother surveillance nonsense, but instead it seems to be getting even worse. 

In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has just announced that it intends to compile a comprehensive list of hundreds of thousands of “journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.”, and collect any “information that could be relevant” about them. 

So if you have a website, an important blog or you are just very active on social media, the Department of Homeland Security is going to put you on a list and will start collecting information about you.  The DHS has already announced that it will hire a contractor to aid in monitoring media coverage, and they will definitely need plenty of help because it is going to be a very big job

As part of its “media monitoring,” the DHS seeks to track more than 290,000 global news sources as well as social media in over 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, for instant translation into English. The successful contracting company will have “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

“Any and all media coverage,” as you might imagine, is quite broad and includes “online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media.”

If this sounds extremely creepy to you, that is because it is extremely creepy.

I run several prominent websites including The Most Important News and The Economic  Collapse Blog, and so without a doubt I will be on this list.  And if I was just a name on a list in some database somewhere, that would be bad enough, but instead it sounds like the DHS will be collecting any “information that could be relevant” about all of us…

As Gizmodo noted, the DHS’ vagueness is also a concern. It leaves itself an opening for collecting “any other information that could be relevant” about these influencers, and there’s no hint as to what that could be.

Is it strictly functional information like work histories, or sensitive data that could be abused? Either way, the database could be troublesome for bloggers and social media stars who aren’t usually under such close government scrutiny.

This is one of the reasons why I wanted to get to Washington.  This kind of Orwellian monitoring of our freedoms is unnecessary, it is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars, and it violates our most basic freedoms.

So why does the Department of Homeland Security need to do this?

The explanation that they are giving the public is extremely week.  The following comes from Forbes

DHS says the “NPPD/OUS [National Protection and Programs Directorate/Office of the Under Secretary] has a critical need to incorporate these functions into their programs in order to better reach Federal, state, local, tribal and private partners.” Who knows what that means, but the document also states the NPPD’s mission is “to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyberinfrastructure.”

But we are not supposed to ask questions about government programs such as this.

In fact, just a few days ago a Department of Homeland Security representative stated that those that are questioning this program are “tinfoil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists

If you find yourself skeptical of this proposal of mass state monitoring of the press, consider yourself a bonafide member of the “tinfoil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists,” DHS representative Tyler Houlton said Friday. It’s all very routine, he argued, casting the project as an innocent means of “monitoring current events.” Just shut up and let us do this, crackpots.

That kind of response should make all of us very angry.

If the government is going to monitor us and put our information in a database, we should have the right to ask questions.

Freedom of speech is one of our most foundational rights, and many are concerned that “monitoring and tracking” are initial steps that could lead to a significant crackdown on Internet activity.  Just check out what is about to happen over in Europe.  The Internet has made it possible for ordinary people to communicate with one another on a massive scale, and any efforts by national governments to interfere with that must be greatly resisted.

Unfortunately, it appears that this new Department of Homeland Security program is moving ahead rapidly.  In fact, it is being reported that seven different companies have “already expressed interest” in participating…

Seven companies, mainly minority- or women-owned small businesses, have already expressed interest in becoming a vendor for the contract, according to the FedBizOpps web site.

All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to be nothing.  Please spread word about this creepy new surveillance program to everyone that you know, because what they are doing is not right.

Comments

Ignatius 1 Alabama Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:18 Permalink

DHS was ostensibly formed as a response to the false flag 9/11-anthrax attacks, and now it's being used to spy on and intimidate dissident journalists and bloggers.  Who coulda guessed that would happen? /s

This actually supports the already well documented thesis of false flag/hoax terror. 

Well done DHS, you f#ckin' asshats.

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WarPony besnook Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:07 Permalink

The DHS guy is an idiot.  First off, black helicopters are conspiracy fact.  We had them most every night during the Freeman standoff, and counted half a dozen on the night of April 18.  Plus, on 6/6/96 a Comanche gunship visited my house in broad daylight and hovered down low about 20feet above the boat dock in the back yard.  Secondly, tin foil is difficult to come by, and most foil these days is aluminum.  We can't trust anyone this stupid.

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FBaggins Prisoners_dilemna Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:18 Permalink

DHS was formed on the big lie of 9/11 and has continued to grow in leaps and bounds likely by working with other government back-ops terrorist organizations to continue its funding and control. No kidding, because [if 9/11 then anything goes] and we know the deep-state is continuing to do everything possible to increase its control of all aspect of the media and the people. Its elitist agents have no scruples about looking into the bedrooms of law abiding citizens, and when they find something embarrassing or "interesting" then the subject becomes vulnerable . They have got billions more in government funding based on the fake-news Russian election-meddling farce and now they “need” more money to stop the Russians “from hacking U.S. nuclear facilities”.

It is because of the huge annual expenditures on such spy agencies, the military, and the MIC, that the US is forced to fix all of their problems at home and abroad with their freedom-denying, deceptive, intimidating, forceful and violent WEAPONS, and another reason why the US is increasingly becoming out of step with the rest of the world. If the nation were to rely on more honorable methods for protection and advancement, it would likely prosper more, but that can't happen or too many people would  look useless and the tax money would stop flowing to these organizations. 

Wekipedia says that in 2017 the DHS "was it was allocated a net discretionary budget of $40.6 billion. It started at $16 billion in 2001 based on the government lies. So what exactly is the present gross annual budget from taxpayer sources? It is probably classified, because if the public were to find out they would likely become “subversive” and vote for a government to get rid of them or slash their budget to about $10 billion mainly for border control.

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Indo_Expat Think for yourself Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:40 Permalink

You will never see it except on the Nature Channel, nor will you ever see retirement, tax slave. Your jealousy at my success is most gratifying and as if you could possibly judge the happiness of a free man, coward. A free man, living in a free country doing exactly as I please each and every fucking day. If that is not the definition of happiness I don't know what is.

Enjoy life in the gulag, you earned it. Tell me just how "happy" you are.

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Indo_Expat espirit Mon, 06/04/2018 - 23:56 Permalink

Yeah, one of you little dirtbag cowards finally placed a call to The 5th Estate number in Jakarta at 10:36 Western JKT Time from:

400-110-90

Obviously from Skype or another masked number as when it was redialled it came up "not a working number."

True to form, the coward hung up when I answered the phone. So there you have it you sleazy little anon coward faggots, not even the balls to speak from 10,000 miles away.

Disgusting anon coward filth, you are far and away more chickenshit than the cocksucking, pussy-hat wearing liberal scumbags that probably would at least have had the guts to spew some dogshit before hanging up. You are pathetic losers, and that is the reason why you will never defend yourselves, your families or homes against the shitbag traitors of FBI, CIA and DHS.

I will watch with glee from Indonesia as you are herded into cattle cars and shipped off to be slave labourers in the camps.

 

 

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Indo_Expat ZIRPdiggler Tue, 06/05/2018 - 06:28 Permalink

As if I would stick around to protect your faggot, anon coward ass. Miserly loves company, eh shitbag? Eats you alive that I am here on the beach Bintang in hand, while you slave away at your Wal Mart greeter's job taking orders from nose-ringed, purple-haired LGBT cunts don't it?

HA HA!  Enjoy what's left of your worthless, useless life before your masters come for you, coward cockbreath.

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Hmmm... besnook Tue, 06/05/2018 - 22:14 Permalink

Regarding:

" zhers are favorite reading material of the surveillance industry."

 

Really?  Oh my god... Thanks for informing me!  I see now that I'm gonna have to work even harder than I thought to make sure that I get every teeny tiny bit of my most personal, pertinent,  relevant & incriminating information about myself right out here on ZH for the whole world to see...as often as possible!

Boy, thanks so much Big Brother...couldn't have made this decision without your unwelcomed "binocular" stare. 

I hope they all enjoy the show!  I am!  {smile}  Pam&Punky'.

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Lordflin Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:11 Permalink

I think I have been on a list since I refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance when I was in high school.

Had nothing to do with patriotism... at the time I was quite what folks would call patriotic. I still am... but my definition has changed. I still love my country, but I hate the degradation of my culture... despise the creatures who pervade the media... hate lawyers with a passion... hate lawyers turned politician with even a greater passion... but my greatest antipathy is reserved for the financial class (and yes, I realize all of them are linked).

The reason I refused to stand for the pledge was that I figured, having pledged my allegiance on Monday, the question still seemed in doubt on Tuesday. Having again pledged my allegiance on Tuesday, the issue apparently still remained in doubt on Wednesday. By that point I figured my word was not sufficient, and I simply refused to play anymore.

Was not until years later I realized they were attempting to program me. Good luck with that... I am an uncooperative sob, and I have not improved with age...

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Countrybunkererd Lordflin Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:17 Permalink

Oh no, now you did it.  Keep in mind, SERIOUSLY, that a 911 response allows them to knock your door down and enter without a warrant if you don't answer.  Spoof 911 calls happen, I am just glad my wife was home when her cell phone that was downstairs in her purse called 911 when she was upstairs in her office.

Oh, and the officer's body cam will record your alarm type, your security, layout, brand of electronics (to monitor or crack) and all the other goodies they wish to find.  Being a non-conformist who walks the line is only punishable by harassment, for now.

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janus Countrybunkererd Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

this is indeed very troubling.

to me it signals cause for both alarm and courage.  living in times where patriotism and nazism are deliberately conflated, we are confronted with some very interesting questions. first of all, they've been doing this for years...why all the sudden advertise the program?  it's a feeble attempt at inculcating fear.  it's a confession that they're losing the info-war (big time).  it's an admission that they're out of ideas and counter-strategies.  from here out, expect a nonstop barrage of name-calling, vilification, accusations of mental disorders, shaming...yet another spasm in the death throes of a dying leviathan.  it will only serve in forcing a more severe resolution to this existential menace.  deep-state, the elite, the cabal...whatever you'd like to call them...are increasingly desperate; all the same, they are everyday less and less dangerous.  we're literally talking about monitoring @1/3rd (or more) of the population at this point.  and as events progress, more and more are coming to our side and identify more passionately with us.  

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