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After FOIA, Homeland Security Releases Social Media Monitoring Guides

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  • See, they really are the most transparent administration every!
    • by Cryacin (657549)
      1. Carefully monitor citizens communications.
      2. Send dissenters and anarchists to Room 101 for retraining.
      3. ???
      4. Profit
  • Good News... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mythosaz (572040) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @06:49PM (#46539121)

    ...the document is borderline lame.

    It takes 88 pages of government document to say what format to cut-and-paste news articles you captured while browsing websites and capturing TV with some media cards into emails.

    There's some analysts, and they sit in a cube, and they watch MSNBC and surf HuffPo, and when there's an earthquake, they send an email using very specific fonts, or IM each other about it.

    I've saved you 88 pages of reading.

    You're welcome.

    • by Animats (122034)

      Right. After reading through all this, it's not clear why Homeland Security bothers. A customized news feed from Google would be about as useful and much cheaper.

      These "media" guys apparently just send out little bulletins. There's no indication that they're tied into the operational side in any useful way. Homeland Security presumably has an operations center that handles active incidents. But the media guys don't seem to use any info from there, even a list of active incidents. If the operational cente

      • by bentcd (690786)

        Right. After reading through all this, it's not clear why Homeland Security bothers. A customized news feed from Google would be about as useful and much cheaper.

        Homeland Security isn't about doing things "cheap". In fact that would pretty much completely defeat the purpose.

        The pork barrel used to be about building expensive green kit to kill the commies with, now it's about harassing citizens just enough so that they think you're protecting them from dangerous men with beards. There's lots of money in the pork barrel and the more expensively you can manage to do your job the more money will get poured into it.

        • by mythosaz (572040)

          There's nothing expensive described in this process other than perhaps the labor. The workstations are older run-of-the-mill Dell machines using off-the-shelf TV capture cards for grabbing news tidbits.

          The government may be full of pork, but there's no obvious waste described in the document.

          It's just an overly long policy document.

  • by TubeSteak (669689) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:35PM (#46539769) Journal

    There's the laws on the book, that we can all read, then there's these:
    guide lines, procedure manuals, legal memos, training documents, handbooks, etc etc etc.

    The average person only has access to half of the actual legal documents that effect them every day.
    The noxiousness of the NSA's spying is compounded by secret courts and secret interpretations.

  • They keep their Daily Watch Log in a Google spreadsheet. Exportable to Excel, of course.
  • Note - Analysts are to refrain from generating IOI reports that:
    1) Include any form of unauthorized PII
    2) Include public reaction to DHS programs, policies and procedures unless they are operationally relevant (e.g., long wait times at TSA checkpoints)
    3) Focus on individuals' First Amendment-protected activities unless they are operationally relevant (e.g., protest shuts down I-95 - in which case the report should focus on impact to operations and not the subject of the protest)
    4) Overview proposed legislat

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