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The FBI, The CIA, Homeland Security, The Federal Reserve And Potential Employers Are All Monitoring You On Facebook And Twitter

Why is there such a sudden obsession with monitoring what average Americans are saying on Facebook and Twitter?  To be honest, the vast majority of what is being said on Facebook and Twitter is simply not worth reading even if you could understand it.  But for the FBI, the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Reserve, Facebook and Twitter represent a treasure trove of intelligence information.  Tens of millions of us have compiled incredibly detailed dossiers on ourselves and have put them out there for the entire world to see.  Since the information is public, the various alphabet agencies of the federal government see no problem with scooping up all of that information and using it for their own purposes.  Many potential employers have also discovered that Facebook and Twitter can tell them an awful lot about potential employees.  Social media creates a permanent record that reflects who you are and what you believe, and many Americans are finding out that all of this information can come back and haunt them in a big way.  In the world in which we now live, privacy is becoming a thing of the past, and we all need to be mindful of the things that we are exposing to the public.

Sadly, most Americans have absolutely no idea who is monitoring them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites these days.  The following are just a few examples….

Potential Employers

If you apply for a job at a big company, there is a very high probability that the company will want to check out what you have been doing on Facebook and Twitter.

According to one recent survey, approximately 90 percent of all human resources professionals check out the social media accounts of potential employees.

If you are applying for a job at a small business, there is probably much less of a chance that your social media accounts will be checked, but the reality is that all of us need to understand how the world is changing.

Some employers, colleges and government agencies are even taking things a step further.  Now some of them are actually demanding to be allowed in to the Facebook accounts of applicants.  The following is from a recent Daily Mail article….

Rather than trying to get around the pesky password protections of Facebook and email accounts, certain government agencies and colleges are cutting straight to the source.

Some extremely inquisitive employers are asking candidates to hand over them their email and Facebook login information when they apply for a job.

Others strongly request that the candidate opens their pages in front of them and allow their would-be bosses to scroll through their private information during the interview.

How would you feel if someone forced you to hand over the passwords to your social media accounts?  At some U.S. colleges, this is actually happening.  As MSNBC recently described, some college sports teams are actually requiring coaches to continually monitor, and have access to, all social media accounts of team members….

A recent revision in the handbook at the University of North Carolina is typical:

“Each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to and regularly monitoring the content of team members’ social networking sites and postings,” it reads. “The athletics department also reserves the right to have other staff members monitor athletes’ posts.”

This is beyond creepy, but this is the world in which we live.

The FBI

The FBI has also decided that it needs to continuously monitor Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.  The following is from an article posted on zdnet.com….

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking to develop a Web app that can continuously monitor social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace, as well as various news feeds. The organization’s goal is to improve its real-time intelligence when it comes to current and emerging security threats.

The CIA

The CIA is a long way ahead of the FBI in monitoring social media.  If you are an “activist” on the Internet, the CIA probably knows you very well.  The following is from a recent USA Today article….

In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day.

At the agency’s Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.

The Department Of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Caryn Wagner made headlines all over the world a while back when she announced that the Department of Homeland Security would be “gleaning information from sites such as Twitter and Facebook for law enforcement purposes.”

So exactly what does that mean?

Well, apparently the Department of Homeland Security is actually setting up fake accounts and using them to monitor social media networks for information.  The following is from a recent Daily Mail article….

The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for ‘sensitive’ words – and tracking people who use them.

That same article detailed what some of those “sensitive words” are a few paragraphs later….

The DHS outlined plans to scans blogs, Twitter and Facebook for words such as ‘illegal immigrant’, ‘outbreak’, ‘drill’, ‘strain’, ‘virus’, ‘recovery’, ‘deaths’, ‘collapse’, ‘human to animal’ and ‘trojan’, according to an ‘impact asssessment’ document filed by the agency.

It is interesting that the Department of Homeland Security considers “collapse” to be such an important keyword.

Does that mean that every time “The Economic Collapse Blog” is mentioned on Facebook or Twitter the Department of Homeland Security is alerted?

That is a sobering thought.

The U.S. Air Force

It turns out that the U.S. Air Force also wants to do more to monitor social media.  The following is from a recent article by Madison Ruppert….

Dr. Mark Maybury, the United States Air Force Chief Scientist, is stepping outside of the typical areas in which an Air Force Chief Scientist operates and into the digital realm.

Maybury seeks to develop something he has dubbed “Social Radar” which would monitor information coming from just about every source imaginable: television, all Internet communications, radio, official reports, and more, in order to look into the hearts and minds of target populations and perhaps even predict future events.

The Federal Reserve

According to CNBC, the Federal Reserve “is planning on monitoring what you say about it on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook”.

Aren’t they supposed to be “above politics”?

So why is the Fed so concerned about what we are all saying about it?

Why is there a need to perform “sentiment analysis” on what is being said about the Federal Reserve on “Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube“?

Are they going to change their policies based on public opinion.

That seems highly unlikely.

Considering the fact that the Fed is setting up a system that would identify “key bloggers” and monitor “billions of conversations” on the Internet, it seems more likely that they are primarily interested in identifying critics of the Federal Reserve.

So once they have that information, what do they plan to do with it?

In the end, a lot of people are going to be scared away from Facebook and Twitter by all of this.

But the truth is that Facebook and Twitter can also be incredibly powerful tools for spreading the truth.

In the old days, it was nearly impossible for an average American to communicate to a mass audience.

Today, someone sitting alone in their own home can put something on the Internet that could potentially be seen by tens of millions of people.

The Internet has empowered average Americans unlike almost anything else that we have seen.

That is why the establishment feels so threatened by it.

We now have the power to directly talk with one another instead of going through establishment-controlled channels.

So let them see what we are talking about if they want to.

Perhaps some of them will wake up too.

If they want to find my Twitter account, they can find it right here.

When you have the truth on your side, you don’t need to be ashamed.  I am going to keep waking people up no matter how many people want to watch me.

America has become a crazy control freak nation where the control freaks that run things are obsessed with monitoring almost everything that the rest of us are doing.

But hopefully if enough of us stand up and speak loudly enough, a cultural shift back toward liberty and freedom will happen.

America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

So keep preaching the message of liberty and freedom.

Perhaps those stalking us on Facebook and Twitter will get the message if we keep repeating it often enough.

  • r.bitting

    Keep preaching the messege of liberty and freedom? You bet! For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. How’s that? Gotta go now, being monitored by Barry…………….

    • r.bitting

      Oh, BTW, Hi, Gary! God bless you today brother!

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    This is why I’m not on Facebook.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Pill-Post-News/160110220673149 carpavel

      This is why I am on FB … Spread the word to all and warn as many as possible.

    • Kevin

      But your here.

      You can’t run or hide anyway.

  • mark

    You know they just don’t have enough to do so they make more work with the lame excuse of National Security. We really need to go back to what our Founding Fathers had in mind.

  • mondobeyondo

    Aren’t there privacy issues involved here as well?

    It shouldn’t be anyone else’s business what I post on Facebook or Twitter, except the people whom I allow to see that information. Facebook does have privacy settings which you can adjust, but are those really enough? Google probably knows more about you than you know yourself. That is beyond scary.

    Would a potential employer ask you for all your private letters you sent to your family and friends through the U.S. Postal Service in the past 5 years? Of course not!

    Or maybe so. Homeland Security may soon request all your postal correspondence from Aunt Debbie, so they can determine if you are a “terrorist”.

    The world is getting curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would say.

    • Tim

      The National Security Agency (NSA) has technology that allows them to see right through the walls of your home. It’s very disturbing to think that they know all about the private aspects of our lives. But you know what? God sees everything that’s going on. And the tyrannical control freaks in the CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, FBI and everywhere else will stand before Him very soon and answer for their ungodly deeds. We have God’s word on it.

  • mondobeyondo

    This day I fear is coming soon….

    ——————————
    Department of Homeland Security Dossier #197443-2012
    Regarding: Mr. Mondobeyondo
    Location: [redacted], Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A.
    Subject: Suspected Terrorist Activity and Anti-American Behavior
    Attn: Ms. Janet Napolitano, DHS Secretary

    *** TOP SECRET ***
    Summary and Analysis of Dossier Contents:

    Upon detailed analysis of the information disclosed in this dossier, various government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have determined that Mr. Beyondo is a credible threat to national security.

    Mr. Beyondo is an active participant in several radical blogs and chat sessions, on the Internet (aka World Wide Web), and his voting record indicates he could be a possible supporter of Ron Paul, a radical politician. An analysis of electronic media has confirmed that he often mocks President Barack Obama and the current American economic system, and holds negative opinions concerning the American economy and current ongoing recovery. Additionally, a review of his YouTube account has revealed he has viewed the popular online movie concerning Joseph Kony. His social media accounts have been accessed, and DHS has learned his girlfriend could possibly share his radical views. Therefore, DHS has deemed Mr. Beyondo to be a serious threat to national security, and should be monitored very closely. The Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA) has been notified, and Mr. Beyondo has been placed on a no-fly list.

    The Federal Reserve has been contacted, and we have allowed them to access Mr. Beyondo’s banking accounts.

    Further information about this subject will be provided as we retrieve it.

    Yours truly,
    Janet Napolitano
    Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

    cc: Ben S. Bernanke, Barack H. Obama, FBI, CIA, DOJ, Interpol, IRS, FAA, NASA, USDA, HHS, NRA, NBA, NFL, DDT, MIA, AEIOU, et.al.

    ———————————–

    If it ever did seriously get to this point, now would be the time to high-tail it to Canada. Or Mexico. Anywhere but the “land of the free and home of the brave”.

    (note: the above mini essay is NOT true. It’s satire. That should be obvious.
    At least for right now……..)

  • Serapis

    I got rid of Fakebook in 2010. It was fun/useful before that but as the first generation of users graduated college it changed from a directory of people you actually know and have something in common with to a bunch of distant memories from your past. The posts became increasingly narcissistic, a lot of times I would read nothing but bragging disguised as complaining, as in “Work is so boring, oh well, at least I make $80,000.” Beyond being unnecessary and annoying, when you add in the intrusive advertising profiling and the career/law implications, there is no reason to be on FB.

    • REED RICHARDS

      Serapis,

      I disagree. Facebook and Twitter are fun and do serve a good purpose, spying by the asylum states government notwithstanding. But you are right about amerikan narcissism, though. Nothing else explains why the mass population supports a government that, by any logical, rational, and honest measure, has overthrown more democratically elected governments, destroyed more countries, and killed more people than any other government on earth, yet is still able to lecture everyone else on human rights, freedom, and democracy.

  • REED RICHARDS

    I’M SHOCKED! SHOCKED! JUST SHOCKED BEYOND BELIEF!(LOL)

    FBI, CIA, DHS monitoring people on facebook and twitter? Tell us something we don’t know……………

  • http://youtu.be/wIIqXiF-z6E WM

    Kirk Cameron is releasing a new movie: “Monumental” that traces the roots of the USA, going back to the Pilgrims and their ideals, beliefs and how they used the Bible to build the foundation of this government. I heard it is coming out later this month. I seen the trailer and it sounds pretty interesting.

    Check it out here:

    http://youtu.be/wIIqXiF-z6E

    • Michael

      I agree – it looks like a great documentary.

      Michael

      • Gay Veteran

        or a great piece of fiction

    • xander cross

      Pilgrims also killed many people as well. Not exactly a good example of christian values. They used the bible to justify killing those that did not believe their bible and yes, they killed blacks and native americans. The pilgrims was not the first to come to american, it was black men who influenced many parts of native american and mexico as well. Kirk Cameron left that part out for a reason.

      • Just Me Down Here

        The LEFT kills a piece of me every day. Are you held responsible for that?

      • Herbert’sHermits

        Absolute Nonesense, the Pilgrims never killed anyone. They may have occasionally protected themselves from raiding Indian tribes but they didn’t go around harming innnocent people. Youa re full of it because of your hatred of Christians.

    • xander cross

      The foundtation of this government did not come from the bible, it came from the british crown and roman cathloic church. Not christian views that you think of. Kirk left a ton of information out of his new movie. Just like many people don’t know that the first president of california (what we called california at that time) was a black man. Just like how Rome had black emperors like Lucius Septimius Bassianus (April 4, 188 – April 8, 217), commonly known as Caracalla, was a Black Roman Emperor who ruled from 211 to 217.

      • knightowl77

        Maybe…it is never mentioned in the history books as to what RACE a person is/was because it never mattered what color a person was. All that mattered were their actions and their deeds???? Race didn’t matter until now when everything seems to be about group identity…
        Are they rich, christian, white, brown, muslim, poor, black, jewish, middle class, asian, democrat, conservative, liberal, republican, libertarian???

        Its all the politics of divide and conquer, group against group.

        I care not one whit what race or group a person is in, I care about what they do and how they do it?

        I am not sorry or ashamed of what my ancestors did or did not do, their time was different than this time. What was moral then is different than today. What is moral today will not be what is moral and right 100 years from now…

        The foundation of this government came from many sources, including the 10 Commandments, Plato, Aristotle, the Magna Carta among a plethora of other sources….including the Bible…

        • xander cross

          Oh, so you admilt that you have no problem with slavery and other crimes commited against blacks. Since you said that it does not matter what the history books say, then why do the elite try to keep hidden all of the secret knowledge for decades? It was metioned which race the black emperors of Rome were and how they first came to american as well. The problem with you is, when someone metions black people in a postive light, it all of a sudden becomes offensive to you.

    • Gay Veteran

      wonder if he will include Roger Williams who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state?

  • Kevin

    How many people do these agencies employ to watch everyone; it must be massive.

    • Benjik

      Where do you think the sudden “job growth” is coming from, besides part-time waiters and cashiers?

  • http://goto.glocalnet.net/pdn/ Perdavid Nygren

    FBI and the CIA are spying on people in the name of “fighting terror”. That´s hilarious, they don´t realize that THEY are the REAL terrorists, they are unconscionable criminals that gets worse with each passing day! But through prayers to God and his son, we can hold back those unholy dragons, that´s the best weapon we have against the Devil. Amen!

    • REED RICHARDS

      Perdavid Nygren,

      Prayer vs. Bullets? Ya think you can pray your way out of Hillary Clinton’s crosshairs?

  • xander cross

    Just like alex jones site gives your informtion to an israeli data base when you comment on his site. Or how ron paul is working with mitt romney in the campaign trail. How interesting is that ron paul who is one of the most critical people of the federal reserve, is secretly working with them and mitt romney at the same time. Wow. Deception at it’s best.

    • knightowl77

      Do you believe EVERY conspiracy out there or just the most outrageous?

      Anybody but Obama in November, and for the record that includes Biden, Reid, Pelosi….I despise them all (and you’ll be pleased at this) equally.

      That said I also KNOW that the leadership of both parties are equally at fault for what is wrong in America today….

      xander for the record, an Allegation is just that, an allegation. If you have proof for ANY of your allegations, present it….
      Otherwise, pound sand.

      • xander cross

        Well, you believe that the conspiracy that Obamam is from Kenya, in fact, you and several people on here say that, but when someone points out and proves that ron paul works for mitt romney, a racist, and loves government, ( he has to, if he been in there for decades) you say that it’s not true, even though it’s true. You say that obama’s birth certificate is fake, even as he released it so, your allegations are just that, an allegation.

  • Benjik

    “Liberty and freedom”, there you go again with those nasty old “trigger words” Michael.

    But there is a way to combat this type of monitoring. Research has shown patriotic, truthful posts liberally seeded with keywords such as “Snooki”, “American Idol”, “NFL” and “Real Housewives” will dramatically increase your chances of flying under the radar…. :)

  • Jim

    Google, Facebook and Twitter are the devil, don’t you guys know this!

  • Bob

    There is talk about drone aircraft with camera arrays that give snoops very wide angle, real time video of all movement on the ground.

    In stead of one narrow angle camera, they have 10 or so wide field cameras with overlapping views.

  • Cinderella Man

    I never thought I would join FB but you know so many of my friends are on it so I thought what the hell? Why not? I dont give a crap if the govt is watching me they watch everybody! But who watches the watchers? Somebodys gotta do it!

  • Ratchell

    If you breathe….YOU ARE A TERRORIST.

    should I keep going?

    These goons have no idea what the world looks like beyond a damn computer screen and cushy chair.

    If you read….YOU ARE A TERRORIST.

    Read everything you can get your hands on; they havent figured out how to pluck all our eyeballs out at once.

    If you teach….YOU ARE A TERRORIST.

    Teach your children our values and leave evidence behind so they can teach their kids…we have three generations folks.

    SHOW ME ONE THING ANY OF OUR POTUS FROM 1913 to 2008 HAVE DONE IN THE ORIGINAL INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION.

    Have Fun Trying…

    “I for one do not know what road others may take, but as for me, GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!”

  • raja raja

    The monitoring is not going to stop. Cointelpro never stopped despite long standing protests and evidence of extra-legal exploitative practices. Same for Echelon. Too much information to quantify even with smashing search algorithms is our advantage. I always suggest a massive keyword spamming campaign that would give them so many hits and false positives that their efforts would be rendered impotent.

  • Susan

    blah blah blah

  • lilbear68

    anyone bother to think about this novel idea…..what if ya dont have a facebook account, you can close it you know! or try this, how bout if you never twitter. how did the country progress before all these?

    intelligent ppl usually have something to say–wallmart ppl just have to say something

  • sick and tired

    I think if the possible employers wanted or asked for my password to my social account, then I want theres.If I have to give up my passwords and information then so should the person asking …SHOW ME YOURS>>

  • Lawrence Gusdal

    Parental interferance is a Federal crim

  • Goldberg

    let FBI and CIA read our beautiful posts, Lets hope they learn something from us. All these issues does effect everyone,including CIA or FBI. and if they don’t like it. too bad get used to it. there are millions of us.
    PEOPLE AND POWER.

  • Skyla

    Wake Up America, and the world I might add. This article is just a Drop in the bucket of the power of our UNITED voices to Retain our Freedoms!