Wired - Lawmaker Demands DHS Cease Monitoring of Blogs, Social Media by David Kravets

 

 

Lawmaker Demands DHS Cease Monitoring of Blogs, Social Media

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) said Thursday she wants the Department of Homeland Security to cease its social-media and news-monitoring operation.

Speaking at a Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, the California lawmaker said she was “outraged” that the agency has hired a contractor to review a variety of social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and that General Dynamics is being tasked with reviewing news sources, blogs and their bylines for all types of articles, including those containing anti-American sentiment and reaction to policy proposals.

 

“This should not be a political operation,” she said.

Speier said she found it particularly egregious that the department was analyzing the authors behind the online words.

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