This ain’t America. This is evil.
One commenter: “Like most tyrants, the Biden Regime is paranoid about the existence of people who oppose them. Not satisfied with the speed of the transformation of the FBI, the CIA, and the various military intelligence agencies into a secret police force, they now seek to employ private security forces who can carry on the work without any legal restraint.”
“So the left has unchecked power in big tech, big business, higher education, k-12 schools, mainstream news networks, all the major newspapers, Hollywood, the music industry, and now the military. Biden isn’t monitoring the service members because he’s scared of them or because he doesn’t trust them; he’s trying to ideologically cleanse the military of conservatism, to make the military into an army for the left. Everything we’ve seen the DNC do lately has been self-serving; they never put the country before their own interests, they only do whatever they can to give themselves more power in as many institutions as possible. It’s like a game of chess where all of the aforementioned institutions are non-pawn pieces. The left has all of their non-pawn pieces and right has a king and maybe a few pawns. At this point in our country’s history, we’re simply moving our king around every turn trying to delay a check.“
Biden To Use Private Firms To Surveil Service Members’ Social Media Accounts For ‘Concerning Behavior’: Report
By Ryan Saavedra • Daily Wire May 18, 2021 •
President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly preparing to contract with private firms to surveil the social media accounts of service members to weed out those with views that the administration deems “concerning.”
The Intercept reports:
An extremism steering committee led by Bishop Garrison, a senior adviser to the secretary of defense, is currently designing the social media screening pilot program, which will “continuously” monitor military personnel for “concerning behaviors,” according to a Pentagon briefing in late March. Although in the past the military has balked at surveilling service members for extremist political views due to First Amendment protections, the pilot program will rely on a private surveillance firm in order to circumvent First Amendment restrictions on government monitoring, according to a senior Pentagon official. Though the firm has not yet been selected, the current front runner is Babel Street, a company that sells powerful surveillance tools including social media monitoring software.
A spokesperson for Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said that the congressman was not aware of the alleged plan, saying, “I have discussed this with our defense team and as of right now, we have not heard anything from DoD that would confirm this story.”
A spokesperson for the House Armed Services Committee released the following statement on the matter:
The Committee understands that the Department of Defense is exploring a means of implementing social media screening in conjunction with background investigations. We anticipate that any social media screening would be intended only as an additional means of vetting cleared individuals or those seeking to obtain a security clearance, not as a tool for ongoing surveillance of all men and women in uniform. That said, Secretary Austin has been clear about his intentions to understand to what extent extremism exists in the force and its effect on good order and discipline. We look forward to hearing the results of the stand down and the Department’s plan to move forward.
The report said that the alleged pilot program will search for certain keywords to identify those that the administration deems to be potential extremists, although experts warned that the method was not only an invasion of privacy, but flawed.
“Using key words to monitor social media isn’t just an unnecessary privacy invasion, it is a flawed strategy that will ensure it is short-lived,” retired FBI agent Mike German told the publication. “It will undoubtedly produce a flood of false positives that will waste security resources and undermine morale, without identifying the real problem, which is the tolerance for those that openly engage in racist behavior and discrimination.”
CNN reported at the start of the month that the Biden administration was considering working with private firms to monitor “extremist chatter by Americans online” because the federal government is legally limited to what they can do without a warrant.
“The plan being discussed inside DHS, according to multiple sources, would, in effect, allow the department to circumvent” laws that limit what the federal government can do in surveilling U.S. citizens without a warrant, CNN reported. “A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge.”
Any plans to surveil U.S. service members will likely face intense pushback, especially after a Space Force commander was allegedly forced out of the military after he warned that Marxism was infiltrating the Department of Defense.
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