Veiled Threats

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The Department of Homeland Security has granted itself the power to "monitor" and collect personal data of journalists. "Journalists," according to their definition, includes anyone who keeps an audience informed of current events.

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.”

That's means anyone from Brian Williams to even us, the lowly Jawa Report bloggers. But I doubt the DHS will be watching Chris "Tingles Up My Leg" Matthews. Better watch out, right-wing, veteran, Conservative bloggers. If you don't report the news as the Obama Administration sees fit, you might just find yourself the DHS's Big Brother list.

Posted by: DMartyr at 12:20 PM

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