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‘Chilling effect’ of monitoring social media

Posted in Internet, Social Media Surveillance with tags , , , , on April 5, 2012 by saynsumthn

‘Chilling effect’ of monitoring social media
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 4/5/2012

The head of a conservative legal action foundation warns that the White House is heading down a road that will eventually trample on the First Amendment rights of those on social networking websites.

Gary Kreep, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), tells OneNewsNow the Obama administration is targeting Marine Sgt. Gary Stein for remarks he made on Facebook while off duty . Stein is currently facing possible disciplinary action “for daring to say that he would obey the U.S. Constitution, as opposed to an unconstitutional order from Mr. Obama,” Kreep reports. “They’re trying to run him out of the Marine Corps.”

But he says the Obama administration’s close monitoring of social network sites is nothing new.

“They announced it last year that they’d set up a whole brand new office and governmental bureaucracy within the White House to monitor the social websites so that they can respond to the distortions and lies being spread about Mr. Obama,” Kreep recalls. “That’s your taxpayer money being used to monitor us on a daily basis, and that’s just wrong. It has a chilling effect on people.”

He believes a clear message is being sent to military personnel and citizens alike that “they better not do anything, because anything they say can and will be used against them no matter what their constitutional rights are.”

The USJF executive director does not think it is right for the administration to deter people from making their disagreements with the president known.

Giant data bank being created by feds under new law

Posted in Big Brother, Internet, Privacy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Under the title the “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act”, Congress is advancing legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to access information about the online activities of all Americans, regardless of whether or not they are suspected of having committed a crime.

By a 19-10 vote, the bipartisan bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on July 27th, as the media frenzy around the debt ceiling debate was consuming virtually all the attention being paid to Capitol Hill. It will now move to the full House floor for a vote on passage. Unless perceptions of the bill shift dramatically, it is expected to pass and move to the Senate.

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Where else is this happening? COMMUNIST CHINA – This is today’s Stratfor Dispatch Report…..

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