Politically oriented bloggers and users of social networking sites: if you ever wondered whether all your efforts were for naught, or whether your government indeed paid attention to your most passionate rants, wonder no more. Here’s the New York Times:
Federal Contractor Monitored Social Network SitesBy CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: January 13, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security paid a contractor in 2009 to monitor social networking sites — like Facebook, blogs and reader comments on a news article — to see how the residents of Standish, Mich., were reacting to a proposal to move detainees from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to a local prison there, according to newly disclosed documents.
While it has long been known that the department monitors the Internet for information about emerging threats to public safety like a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, the documents show that its Social Networking/Media Capability program, at least in an early stage, was also focused on “public reaction to major governmental proposals with homeland security implications.”
♫ “All the little birdies go tweet tweet… tweet…” ♫
So how did they find out what they wanted to know? A little bird told them…
This is the “security” you pay for with your taxes: somebody monitors your tweets and your blog posts. Ain’t life grand?
(H/T Mustang Bobby.)