Protecting the Homeland, Safeguarding Privacy

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By Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is closely monitoring social media for potential threats and hazards to the United States. Little was known about the DHS monitoring program until last month when new details became public for the first time — as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

Who within the government is directing the gathering of this intelligence from social media? To what extent is DHS requesting media monitoring reports targeting individuals’ reactions to controversial government policies or political decisions?

I am equally concerned that without proper congressional oversight of this initiative, DHS analysts could be spending limitless time floating on a sea of information data without any kind of intelligence-driven aim. more>


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