Thursday, February 23, 2012

[PDI] Fwd: SPECIAL REPORT: Secret docs reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media

I'm not at all surprised. Jerks given the power to abuse people and systems
are jerks who will abuse people and systems.

I wonder if any of the public reaction they saw to policy proposals got
them to back off. Somehow I doubt it.

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From: "Raw Story Breaking News" <>
Date: Feb 23, 2012 4:52 PM
Subject: SPECIAL REPORT: Secret docs reveal DHS lied about tracking
Americans on social media
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Secret documents reveal Department of Homeland Security lied about tracking
Americans on social media


One of the nation's leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week
that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress
during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense
contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent
against government policies on the Internet.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which triggered the
hearing by publishing a trove of secret government documents in January,
told Raw Story on Thursday that a second round of documents they've
obtained directly contradicts testimony given on Feb. 16, showing that the
DHS instructed their analysts to do exactly what the Department denied.

"There were several exchanges that they had with members of Congress in
which they sort of distanced themselves from the idea — that they weren't
engaging in this monitoring of public reaction to government proposals,"
McCall told Raw Story. "But that's… Well, it's not true, according to the
documents we obtained."

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