The Department of Homeland Security is spying on you.
The taxpayer funded government organization which claims to be “Preserving our Freedoms” is actually dismantling them. Secret documents now reveal that the DHS lied to Congress about spying on American citizens. DHS is paying $11.4 million of taxpayer money to have a private company monitor American citizens for dissent.
About 300 pages of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and published by EPIC in January revealed that analysts were specifically told to scour the Internet and social networks like Facebook and Twitter in search of “any media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government,” and to zero in on discussions criticizing government policies and proposals.
The scope of this monitoring goes far beyond information on actual terrorist threats. They are not looking for terrorist cells. They are not looking for evidence of plots to commit violent acts. They are keeping track of anyone that criticizes or disagrees with the government under any circumstance.
Documents published by EPIC show that analysts were instructed to watch for “both positive and negative reports” about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the strangely wide-ranging “organizations outside of DHS.” Other “items of interest” include discussions about immigration policies, drug policies, cyber security matters, and U.S. foreign policy.
I for one am not comfortable that the organization which operates Detainment Camps and is constantly expanding its powers to illegally detain and search citizens at any time is now keeping a virtual “shit list” of citizens that disagree with their policies.
DHS is supposed to make this country safer but this bloated money sink for taxpayer dollars and is quickly turning into an uncontrollable para-military police force. They have placed themselves in a position to supersede state police authority, expanded their powers to detain and search any person at any time, and are now conducting domestic spy and surveillance programs to root out dissent.
I guess in a way DHS
is successfully carrying out their mission. With the ever-present threat of an American Gestapo breathing down your neck, spying on you and searching you whenever they feel like it, who needs to worry about terrorism?