Cops, Social Media Collude On New Ways To Block Internet Posts That Organize Public Protest


We’ve already passed along a couple of disturbing things that have come out of this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) meeting, which wrapped up earlier in the week in Philadelphia.

Kenneth Lipp, an independent journalist and internet consultant, attended the event and has reported on his blog that police and social media services are in the process of teaming up to nurture development of techniques that would effectively squelch public protest organized and planned through the internet.

“Police Departments worldwide are aggressively developing methods and policy to avail themselves of both the public relations and the Big Data resources of ‘social media,’ and adapting to social media platforms as environments for strategic and tactical intelligence,” Lipp writes.

[N]ot yet reported in the press, a senior police officer from the Chicago PD told a panel on Monday that his department was working with Facebook’s security chief to block users’ [sic] from the site by account (person), IP, and device (he did not say if by UUID or MAC address or other means of hardware ID) if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content. Facebook’s Joe Sullivan was scheduled to speak according to the original schedule for the panel “Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Mass Gatherings Spurred by Social Media,” but was unable to attend… [emphasis added.]

The PrivacySOS blog joined the criticism Thursday by lambasting Facebook, which already is handing the government anything it requests without compensation, for potentially colluding with police to institute a “kill switch” that targets grass-roots, organic dissemination of internet information about public protests – gatherings which, if the Constitution still means anything, can’t even be construed as illegal in and of themselves.

The ramifications are sinister: protests are implicitly illegal to law enforcement officials who view this sort of capability as an asset. Worse, sharing information on the internet about planned peaceful events, regardless of their protection under the 1st Amendment, could itself be interpreted as a crime by cops more enamored by the awesome power of technology than its awesome potential for oppressive misuse.

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  • mrsgunnut10

    It would appear that these people would be trampling all over ” WE THE PEOPLE’s ” First Amendment rights, IF , they took these rights away. By doing that, I believe ” WE THE PEOPLE ” just might get highly ” Iritated ” and some blood might be shed, if these busy bodies tried to stop, Truckers, Bikers, or any just plain American’s from demontrating. Just my opinion, but think on it. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

    • Dead_Right

      Agreed. these guys don’t realize this is a recipe for disaster. They collude and cut off the grass roots then those roots get really ticked and act out even more.

      • FreedomTrainUSA


      • Vis Fac

        Disaster is right around the corner View the link in my first post It’s a real eyeopener. I don’t know how long it’ll be up but it is there now.

        To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

        You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper Fi


      You right Sarge, stick to it.

    • Novaguy

      Right on, Sarge!! I am with you 100% God bless you and the (real) USA I always loved.

  • Dead_Right

    Time for the organized to share phone numbers and CB handles for future “organizing”

    • hardh8

      What’s your name and phone number

      • Deerinwater

        To be Dead and to be Right ~ or wrong ~ leaves something to be desired among more rational thinkers.

        Allow me to say, ~ After you, ~ you lead out, ~ I got you covered.

        That reminds me of one of my favorite cartoon captions of all time.

        There’s these two cowboys hiding behind a huge bolder, ~ pistols drawn, hundreds of arrows sticking in the ground all around the bolder.

        With his pistol held up and a arrow sticking though his hat, ~ this one cowboy is saying to the other, “Hell ya, they are still out there, next time you look”

  • JRR

    And of course, “criminal content” is any content that is anti-socialist-communist-marxist, anti-anything that is anti-American.

  • KennyLLC

    I can hear the Soviet Union’s national anthem coming around the corner, and Facebook is front and center waving the commie flag: the new gov’t sponsored KGB.

    • Vis Fac

      “If I had control of Hollywood I can control the world” Joseph Stalin

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper Fi

  • FreedomTrainUSA

    This is just more proof that the cops are part the “Little Boy Dictator’s” Civilian SS SQUADS…To Crush ALL RESISTANCE TO HIS MARXIST SOCIALIST DICTATORSHIP….

    • Vis Fac

      I suggest you follow this link for a real eyeopener!
      Agenda Grinding America Down

      I was not surprised by the content but I know many will be

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper Fi

  • paendragon

    Well thank allah the StormTrooper’s Union has plans to squelch free-speech!

  • BHR

    For the police to even consider this tells us how far we have gone to lose freedom of speech and all other rights. The Obama liberals have done this. Obama is going to force America to have another civil war. Conservatives and Christians again the Obama liberal tyranny.

  • hardh8

    The police state grows. We have only one peaceful option left. Use the powers our founding fathers gave us. Serve on jury duty and find ALL of your fellow Americans not guilty. From marijuana to murder, NOT GUILTY. This is the only way to force the police state back into it’s cage in the corner where our founding fathers originally placed it. Use your power or lose your power.

  • Chris

    Those in Washington and the police forget “WHO” they work for/pays their salary.

    • Viet Nam Vet

      Are you delusional ? They quit caring about the folks that pay their salaries long ago.

  • Michael Shreve

    Government conveniently NEGLECTS the fact that the U.S. Constitution is ABOUT protection FROM the government.


    ALL COPS ARE CORRUPT!and this just proves it more!
    next it would be if you called a cop a name on the webb,they would come kick in your door!or if you agreed with someone on the webb that said a cop killed someone in a video,they would come after the two of you!and so forth and so on!doesn’t this all seem a bit thinned skinned to you?and this isn’t a cops job anyways,his job is patrolling your areas helping out people(which they stopped doing decades ago)why would they care so much what we are doing on the internet?this is something else,the gov’t jackboots are starting an attack on your rights on behalf of the gov’t!roundabout sucker punch from uncle sam!a start of an attempt to remove your rights(through police authority)entirely!
    if i can see that,everyone should be able to!

  • Deerinwater

    This is disturbing news to be certain. While what is more disturbing is the lies and disinformation that can be broadcast and spreads like wild fire among those citizens that wish to believe evey lie told if it suits their personal beliefs.

    The most current perfect example of this is taking place right now! It seems at the moment they have decided in the wisdom to blaming the current President for implementing a change in Marine Head Gear. Among those people that “Elect” to believe such a “charge” ~ there is some serious question of just how much freedom they should be permitted to have. For clearly their elevator don’t go to the top floor while claiming to brighter and more superior than other citizens, holding tight to the entitlement of being just an empty shirt and no mind of their own.

    All anyone has to do, search to see if there is any truth to this charge ~ but few do. They’d rather spread the rumor, puff up and acted offended.

    With Freedom, comes responsibility, ~ to believe that you can have one without the other is a childish notion. Which pretty well sums such people up, ~ they are children and not deserving of what we would like to believe one of our most basic freedoms.

    For now, ~ we, our “society” is being asked to ignore and contend with such childish nonsense and honor their rights and privileges to descent. That the factual reality, truthfulness and the motives for their descent is not a factor to be considered ~ we are expected to “indulge” them for are long as we find in possible to do.

    So, ~ when does it become impossible to tolerate bad thinking and bad behavior predicated on some desire to be misinformed?

    While our personal freedoms and liberties are coming under attack because of the misguided and undisciplined behavior of a few is not anything new, it’s always a very disappointing day and a dark day for personal Freedom.

    The only thing that I see that is keeping the lid on this for now~ is the rational thinkers among us, ~ that understand the way people are and willingness to practice a great deal of tolerance to childish behavior and temper tantrums.

    People who refuse to be responsible for their behavior deserve little freedom is where I stand on such matters. ~ For their actions threaten every American’s freedom by exercising theirs.

  • Robert Messmer

    Sounds like someone with money needs to sue Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg for conspiracy to violate user’s civil rights.

  • Vash The Stampede

    No body will agree with me but stop using facebook. I know it is convenient. If every one in America stops and sites this as the reason. It will solve the problem of them stepping on your first amendment rights. Also sending a clear message to all involved that you are not going to put up with it. Their are to many people that think this kind of law enforcement activity is ok.