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NSA now monitors Social Networking — in addition to Internet searches, domestic email, telephone records, credit-card transactions and bank transfers

A “Memorandum of Agreement” struck between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) promises to increase Pentagon control over America’s telecommunications and electronic infrastructure. It’s all in the interest of “cybersecurity” of course, or so we’ve been told, since much of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) driving administration policy is a closely-held state secret.

The Agreement follows closely on the heels of reports by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that DHS has been tracking people online and that the agency even established a “Social Networking Monitoring Center” to do so.

The documents suggest that “DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals and organizations explicitly tied to a political event,” the Obama inauguration. This inevitably raises a troubling question: what other “political events” are being monitored by government snoops? Following last month’s raids on antiwar activists by heavily-armed FBI SWAT teams, the answer is painfully obvious.

Last year Rod Beckström, director of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC), resigned from his post, citing threats of a NSA “power grab.” Citing NSA’s role as the secret state’s eyes and ears peering into electronic and telecommunications’ networks, Beckström warned that handing more power to the agency could significantly threaten “our democratic processes…if all top level government network security and monitoring are handled by any one organization.”

[Excerpt of an article by Tom Burghardt]

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One Response to “NSA now monitors Social Networking — in addition to Internet searches, domestic email, telephone records, credit-card transactions and bank transfers”

  1. THE bush Administration Installed the Easedropping Operations to Secure the Secret Court and to Monitor all electronic Communications through the HomelandSecurity Bill and the NSA Administrations Operations from The Original 911 Commission. That was The Congresssional Act that put this in Motion and is still in Effect to Counter any and All Terrorist Activities. And is probably One of the Main Reasons we Have not had a Major Terrorist Attack that successfuly Took over The U.s. with a Ho Chi Mein Style Attack. The Main reason being we can Divert all terrorist communications into a single Database ad prevent them before they Materialize. The same thing applies to Our Foreign Policy too. The War has been successful to Mange the best that we have because of Counter-Intelligence. God Bless


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