DHS Announces Increased Vigilance Of Social Networks
November 2, 2011 by Bob Livingston
If you post to social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, the Department of Homeland Security is probably watching you.
As part of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign and a new National Terrorism Advisory System, DHS is looking at ways to better monitor social networks and “training hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country in filling out suspicious activity reports” on social network postings, DHS Undersecretary Caryn Wagner told The Associated Press.
The use of social media to coordinate uprisings in the Mideast and the riots in England “shocked some officials into attention and prompted questions of whether the U.S. needs to do a better job of monitoring domestic social networking activity,” Wagner said.
While Wagner said DHS is not “actively monitoring any social networks,” there is little comfort in that. There are passive ways of monitoring to catch words or phrases that can put you on DHS radar. And U.S. law enforcement and the military have long been training to prepare for large-scale domestic uprisings.
How will they respond? Just take a look at the crackdown on the Occupy movement in New York and Oakland, Calif., for a good idea.
An economic collapse is inevitable. The United Nations International Labour Organization issued a report Monday warning that the world faces a dramatic downturn in employment and a new recession which will lead to greater unrest. The Greek/euro crisis could very well be the first domino to fall, setting off a cascade that roils the world markets in a way far worse than the 2008 crash.