Homeland Analysts Told to Monitor Policy Debates in Social Media (nytimes.com)

February 22, 2012 12:00 am

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A 2011 Department of Homeland Security manual instructs its analysts who monitor social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to produce reports about online references to DHS policies and activities. In addition to the names of DHS components and other government agencies, the 2011 manual includes keyword search terms such as “cops,” “hacking,” “illegal immigrants,” “police,” “pork,” and “radicals,” which would likely produce reams of First Amendment content. DHS officials had previously said they had rejected a 2009 proposal to monitor such policy discussions on social media sites, which is a clear indications DHS’s social network surveillance program lacks adequate oversight.


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