Is Big Sis Reading Your FaceBook Page?

The Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security is monitoring numerous media outlets — and new guidelines open the possibility that the DHS will spy on private citizens’ FaceBook, Twitter, or MySpace pages and retain personal information in its database for up to five years.

The “Social Networking/Media Capability” program is conducted by the DHS’s National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative and the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS). Media accounts trace its emergence to the summer of 2010. The media have revealed this program monitors five pages of websites. In addition to the social media sites listed above, Big Sis is monitoring the Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, ABC’s “The Blotter,” New York Times The Lede, YouTube, Hulu, and Flickr — and many, many others.

The Department of Homeland Security has visited this website numerous times.

The program purports to collect massive quantities of data from a variety of webpages to help it respond to emergencies, such as natural disasters.

Reuters reports the DHS program also monitors “blogs related to news and activity along U.S. borders (DHS runs border and immigration agencies).”

Agents are also authorized to find and maintain the personal identifiable information (PII) on a “discrete category of individuals,” according to its report. However, its criteria are so broad as to allow virtually anyone to be targeted.

Although its guidelines restrict obtaining PII to individuals such as government agents or reporters, they also allow data collection on all those “known or identified as reporters in their post or article and who use traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

Potentially, if someone who maintains a blog were to post a FaceBook message saying, “All is well after the windstorm,” the DHS could collect and store his or her personal information for up to five years., which first broke the story, explains:

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could 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.

The DHS report notes no fewer than 12 reports “inadvertently included unnecessary PII or potential PII.” Luckily, its own server “resides on a secure, firewalled, isolated private network that does not allow inbound access or connection.”

RT adds in a chilling note, “the data is being shared with both private sector businesses and international third parties.” Indeed, the DHA report adds the program “will share Media Monitoring Reports (MMRs) with Departmental and component leadership, private sector, and international partners where necessary, appropriate and authorized by law.”

In an administration obsessed with monitoring pro-life “terrorists”, anyone who has more than seven days of food in his home, anyone who said anything “fishy” about ObamaCare, collecting Republican e-mail addresses, and “cognitively infiltrating” its opponents’ ranks, this development raises red flags. Who is being watched? Who receives personal information? Is this likely to remain safe?

What do you think?

– Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

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  1. no ones posting here because their scared Heir NAZIpolitano might read their posts and have them detained indefinetly….screw you jannut and your commie muscum boss obozo

  2. I'm sure they are. That's the way a Hitler dictatorship operates. Napolitano is a useless human being. I'm not even sure she is a human.

  3. Let the "FACIA BRUTA" read all she wants. There still is the FIRST AMENDMENT! At least I HOPE there is?

  4. Elsie E Connelly says:

    Go Ahead Janet: Read anything you want to. I'm locked and loaded!

  5. Do they think we are idiots. Go to facebook pull up Barack Obama and pull up politician. On the left side is friends activity (+1). Its been going on for months. It has my friends and myself on it. I don't know if you try it because it might pull just yours but mine has been on and we know we are on the dummy's hit list.

  6. They probably are watching me..I am constantly writing to the congressional reps and senators (many of them on a daily basis) to IMPEACH the illegal alien in the WH…….also to take george soros' citizenship away from him (he is a naturalized citizen) he is behind obama and his cronies and is also out to destroy America along with obama, napolitano, holder, etc. Let them watch.I do NOT like this administration because of what they are doing to MY America, the taxpayer, I do NOT like the current congress or senate for not impeaching obama and allowing him to break the constitution almost on a daily basis. obama will probably win again in 2012 because of the unions, acorn, soros and it will be a crooked election just as it was in 2008…..

  7. Get Smart don't have a FACEBOOK page. It is only for LOSERS anyway

  8. Eli Jones says:

    Obamacare is funding "Obama's Personal Civilian Army" called the "Ready Reserve Corps" This is for real! It is authorized in section 5210 on page 1312 . Remember, during his campaign, Obama called for his personal Million Man civilian army to be loyal only to him. Obama also stated that his personal civilian army should be more powerful than our US Military. Watch And Be Informed Of What The Nazi In The White House Has Planned For You! Spread The Word and the site to our fellow Patriots! ALL OF THEM.

    Sign The Petition To Force The Repeal Of Obamacare And Pass The Site On To EVERYONE That You Know.

    • Robert K. Webb says:

      This isn't surprising. The muslims fought for Hitler in WWII. I wouldn't expect this muslim from Kenya who's sitting in our WH today to act any different. I guess Congress is in too deep all the way up to their necks to try and stop this dictator. I swear he must have something real damaging on them, or made some threats against their lives/ family. Congress just stands there like deer caught in the headlights. They act like they're scared to death of him!

  9. pragmatist techie says:

    Instead of us getting nasty and vicious – and sounding sillly, it seems to me that we need our brilliant patriot tech folks to quickly design a new internet communications system that will take several years for the DHS to figure out. This is not hard to do. Then we need to stop using public forums like Facebook.

    My opinion . . .Facebook was designed to lure ordinary people into revealing their private lives and networks in a non-private, non-safe venue for just this purpose now being revealed. And, we, being toy-junkies, fell for it. Time to unwind Facebook, Twitter and these very vulnerable tools.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      I agree facebook is a way for people to put their dirty laundry out so people can see it.I have a granddaughter who got knocked up by her live in boy friend and is proud of it,she even puts pictures of her belly getting bigger.The worst part is her audience and parents thinking this is great.

  10. What has America become?

    Has America become the land of special interest and home of the
    double standard? Let's see: If we lie to the Congress, it's a felony
    and if Congress lies to us it's just politics. If we dislike a black person,
    we're a racist and if a black dislikes whites, it's their 1st Amendment
    right. The government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and
    they do almost nothing for the victims. In public schools you can teach
    that homosexuality and lesbianism is ok, but you better not use the
    word God in the process. You can murder a child in the mothers womb,
    but it's wrong to execute a mass murderer. We don't burn books in
    America, we now rewrite them. We got rid of the communist & socialist
    threat by renaming them progressives. If you protest against Obama's
    policies you're a terrorist, but if you burn an American flag or George
    Bush in effigy, it's your 1st Amendment right.

    You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not
    put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas. In America,
    criminals are now called sick people. The government takes money
    from those who work hard & gives it to those who are lazy. Parenting
    has been replaced with Ritalin & video games. The land of opportunity
    is now the land of hand outs.

    And how do we handle a major crisis today? The Government
    appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens
    them, passes a law, raises our taxes, then tells us the problem is
    solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

    • Everything is upside down and inside out. Very scary, the direction this country is headed…and it's happening very quickly.

    • morningcoffe3 says:

      TRUE TO THE CORE!!!!!!!! Amen!!!!!

    • Well said, Raymond!

    • hit the nail on the head ! i am now very concerned about the possibility of getting back on track now,but remain positive,as more and more people are getting behind Ron Paul,as i think is the answer out of our great countries problems.who ever you vote for,VOTE and let the people be heard for once !

  11. Edwardkoziol says:

    If Bush would have done something like this the media would have been all over him like flies on s–t.But now this Ugly duckling Janet Incompatano can sit there and read other people email and get her rocks off.This country is getting to be worst then Russia.The Obummer regime is taking away all our freedoms.

  12. Tim Smithpeters says:

    This is just more government invasion of private citizens. I am an honest law abiding American man, and what I do is none of their business.

  13. watch anything i post,and always remember,i have a piece of mistletoe on my coattail fore all this regime !

  14. Robert K. Webb says:

    You know, I have a feeling these people maybe need a serious ass whoopin' so they'll start minding their own business. That's the way we do it way out here in the country. Got a meddling neighbor that can't keep their eyes, ears, and piehole shut ? Most unfortunate accidents happen out there, like getting ran over with a John Deere with a disk plow on it sometimes. This government is getting too big for its britches!

  15. PTCRUISERMAN says:

    Lol….they can read all they want but I am not like Congress members, without coconuts! Anything I write I will damn well say to their faces. Calling my Rep and Senator today and telling them, get the clowns out of there. If you aren't going to work for us, we will rmember!

  16. In answer to the question……I hope old skunk hair pie faced carpet muncher can read at all. What a piece of feces. Some women screw themselves to the top of the ladder and some YES their way to the top if they're lesbo's. I don't give a damn what the twit reads. She's better stop reading this stuff and get her fat ass in a class and study the Constitution. I don't care if they do read what I write. I've been begging folks for years to get me in front of the nitwits in CONgress and allow me to speak my piece but we all know that telling the truth in Washington gets you blacklisted. So I'll just tell the truth here. I'm don't fear the truth but when people supress it , that tells you they fear it badly. So all we Patriots have to do is keep telling the truth…over and over and over……………eventually the truth will make you free !

  17. Bertsy K. Larsen says:

    all I get is “your response is being MODERATED” on this site!!!!!! what kind of hooey is THAT????????? facebook is a lotta crap anyway for people who have nothing better to do with their time. I tried it and found it unutterably BORING! Stupid people with BORING LIVES!!!! Anyone who has read my ALLOWED COMMENTS THAT ARE UNMODERATED already knows that I DESPISE THIS MUSLIME FILTH/DISEAS IN THE FIRST PLACE! He and this FAT BUTT UGLY LESBO AND THE REST OF THE TRAITORS IN THAT WASHED UP DUMP/SEWER THAT IS CALLED OUR capitol!!! Kiss my LILY WHITE REAREND ALL OF YOU NOSY FILTHY TRAITORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Seeks_the_truth says:

    Who HASN'T known the government has been watching the public for decades? Who didn't know they could listen in to your phone conversation ever since it was invented? Who was unaware of the reason the FBI was created?
    Come on guys. We've known for quite some time we were being watched. This is an attempt to start a panic and cause chaos. An attempt to have an uprising at THEIR choosing, not ours.

    Do you remember if you said the government was spying on you, you were called a conspirator? They no longer deny allegations.
    Slow down, relax and understand what they are trying to do.

  19. I hope so. Then she will know exactly what most people think of her and her organization her president and all of the administration phoneys.

  20. Frankly I don't care if she reads what I write. God gives me the right to say what I want not some self-inflated person with a lack of knowledge and understanding of the Constitution. If I had my druthers I'd fire every single person living and working in the White House, all of Congress and their employees. I'd also get rid of all of the judges and have limited terms for the Supreme Court. Then I'd start all over and vetted every person who even thinks they may want to run for office. And my friends that is just the beginning.

  21. Billy Cooper says:

    Well I can tell them one thing for sure, I am 83 years old, and if you want to jump, then be my guest. I dont really give to hoots-in-h*** what they read that I might write. I dont scare very easy. The IRS dont scare be one bit, Because we have already been down that road. So just bring on all your Thugs, If what I write makes the Department of Homeland Security unhappy. Because it really dont make me a Rats Behind.

  22. dan creech says:

    I tweet,you read. I found my purpose.

  23. It's news like this that actually makes me think I should consider voting for Ron Paul's very, very limited government.

  24. Obama can suck a dick. Just like Rupert murdock and the other elites. The root of the problem isn’t Obama its the mega rich. Obama is a piece of shit but if it wasn’t him they would have another tool in there.

  25. Muslim demographic video …
    Muslims are taking over the planet &
    here is the proof…… Raymond

  26. leisureal says:

    I know that Obama people were following our posts-against him- on facebook- because our posts woul disappear and reappear on Obama's page-that was not listed for the public. After many people saw and reported this, they finally did away with that particular page on facebook.

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