• New Law Says Web Sites Would Have to Inform Law Enforcement about Readers’ ‘Terrorist Activity’

    July 16, 2015

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    Social media sites such as Twitter and YouTube would be required to report “terrorist” videos and other content posted by users to federal authorities under legislation approved this past week by the Senate Intelligence Committee.


    The measure, contained in the 2016 intelligence authorization, still has to be voted on by the full Senate. The measure applies to “electronic communication service providers,” which includes e-mail services such as Google and Yahoo. “Posted content” would likely also apply to readers’ comments, and in theory to authors’ postings such as this one.

    Companies such as Twitter have recently stepped up efforts to remove terrorist content in response to growing concerns that they have not done enough to stem whatever the government deems propaganda. Twitter removed 10,000 accounts over a two-day period in April. Officials want more. “In our discussions with parts of the executive branch, they said there have been cases where there have been posts of one sort or another taken down” that might have been useful to know about, a Senate aide said.

    The snitch bill is modeled after a federal law — the 2008 Protect Our Children Act — that requires online firms to report images of child pornography and to provide information identifying who uploaded the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center then forwards the information to the FBI. Of course actual images of child porn are pretty straightforward to notice, exploit innocents and involve no legitimate protected speech.

    But otherwise, sure, it’s the same thing. Statement: I Like Terrorism = Child Rape Images.

    Industry officials privately called the new law a bad idea only because it sounds like an expensive hassle for them. “Asking Internet companies to proactively monitor people’s posts and messages would be the same thing as asking your telephone company to monitor and log all your phone calls, text messages, all your Internet browsing, all the sites you visit,” said one official.

    Wait, isn’t that what we’ve been told the NSA has been doing to us since 9/11?

    Still, national security experts who will likely personally profit from the measure say it makes sense. “In a core set of cases, when companies are made aware of terrorist content, there is real value to security, and potentially even to the companies’ reputation,” said Michael Leiter, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, now an executive vice president with Leidos, a national security contractor. “Rules like this always implicate complex First Amendment and corporate interests. But ultimately this is a higher-tech version of ‘See something, say something.’”

    But what about those nasty First Amendment issues?

    “The intelligence bill would turn communications service providers into the speech police, while providing them little guidance about what speech they must report to the police,” said Gregory Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology. “The natural tendency will be to err on the side of reporting anything that might be characterized as ‘terrorist activity’ even if it is not. And their duty to report will chill speech on the Internet that relates to terrorism.”


    America: A nation of snitches, watching each other, reporting whatever thing we think is suspicious or terrorism. To The Authorities. But it’s for our own good, right Citizens? I think I saw a Twilight Zone like that. No, wait, it was the McCarthy Era, sorry.



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    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- you inform on me and I’ll inform on you. We’ll both pick up 25 bucks from the NSA for being good citizens! A deal?

      07/16/15 8:36 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch, if you’re wondering- just make something up like I visit this terroristic site regularly and that PVB is my secret Imam.

      07/16/15 9:33 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      I’d prefer “evil genius,” “mastermind,” “ring leader,” that sort of thing, please.

      07/16/15 9:35 AM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      I prefer….”Person of Interest.”

      It just drips of intrigue and mystery.

      07/16/15 11:50 AM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      “But it’s for our own good, right Citizens?”

      PVB…

      I’ll be sure to scratch these infamous words on my cell walls.

      07/16/15 11:54 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Dear wemeantwell,

      The Department of Homeland Security, Minor Blog Monitoring Division, regrets to inform you that Citizen Teri, No. 743725, will no longer be allowed to leave comments on your blog. We had intended to award her the $57 Walmart gift certificate as this year’s recipient of the Citizen’s Reward for Awesome Concepts (CRAP) for her inspired ideas on celebrating the 4th of July holiday, which she recently left as a comment on this very blog. We were also impressed with her follow-up proposal that the US invade Mongolia; an idea which we passed on to [CLASSIFIED]. They were much struck with her plan and intend to [CENSORED] at the soonest possible date.

      However, as part of our scrutiny into the citizens we consider for the CRAP rewards program, we looked further into Citizen No. 743725 and found evidence that her show of patriotism was mere subterfuge and misdirection. In fact, we found that she has made written statements elsewhere on the internet, as well as verbal remarks during phone calls with [REDACTED] that expose her as a less than stalwart champion of the values that we at DHS find laudable.

      As examples, to wit, of our findings: she has referred to Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, both Clintons, and various members of Congress (both sitting and past), as well as other notable Americans in the political sphere as “dick-heads”, “traitors”, “war-mongers”, “fuckers”, and “crap-weasels” on numerous occasions. She has suggested that the Fed is an “illegitimate and ill-conceived” institute, that the CIA is a “rogue” agency with “no oversight”, and that the US is “on the wrong path” and “breaking international laws” and that this wonderful nation has “sold out to the corporations and banking cartels”. She has even referred to DHS itself [blessed be the name of the Agency] as “redundant brute policing”.

      On more than one occasion during an intercepted phone call while speaking to [REDACTED], she was heard to end the call with the phrase, “Allah Akbar”. You may rest assured that ALL her calls are now intercepted.

      Furthermore, she has been witnessed actually reading the labels of multiple food items while shopping and, in fact, repeated rejects any item found to contain corn syrup, a staple of the fulsome American diet. As you are aware, corn syrup is soon to be added to the Food Pyramid in acknowledgement of its important role in sustaining the current level of health in this great country.

      Citizen No. 743725 will be relocated to the Internment Camp run by the state of [DELETED]’s fusion center during the current Jade Helm exercises.

      Please remain alert for any other commenters who may try to slip by the Minor Blog Monitors by posting statements that are in direct contradiction to their actual beliefs. We will, as always, let you know what each individual’s actual, as opposed to his/her purported, beliefs are. We will, at the time of such citizen’s detainment, also inform him/her of his/her actual beliefs, although we are not beholden to do so under current law. God bless America!

      Sincerely,
      Dept. of Homeland Security, Minor Blog Monitoring Division.

      Addendum: Please note the reduction in the amount of this year’s CRAP reward to $57 from its former $60 amount. This reduction is necessitated per the recently-passed law HR3289, the Billionaires’ Relief Funding Act, which stipulates that 5% of any federal or state monetary award, lottery winning, familial inheritance, or performance bonus given to any individual must be deducted from the award amount and deposited directly into either Loyd Blankfein’s or Jamie Dimon’s personal account, on alternating months, with the exception of February during a leap-year, which upon such happenstance the 5% will go to the eldest living Koch brother. You should have received Notice 43-9976 vis-a-vis this CRAP update and on reporting your own income from your book sales for reconciliation of this 5% surcharge.

      07/16/15 12:30 PM | Comment Link

    • Chuck Nasmith said...

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      I’m off to buy Freedom Fries, and look at yesterdays Glenn Greenwald article at The Intercept, and donate to the Traitor(?!) Chelsea Manning. Have a nice day. Educate etc. …

      07/16/15 12:50 PM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      You mean they monitor blog comments?

      Ahhhhh crap…..I’m in really big deep doo-doo now!

      (snark)

      07/16/15 1:01 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      There. Eat me Amerika..oh… Dear NSA scumsucking assholes….. fuck off.

      btw, did I mention the USG is a deviant, war mongering piece of filthy pig sucking shit?

      07/17/15 7:32 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps.. Who ever in the NSA decided “Bubba the Love Sponge” is a phrase used to search for “terrorists”, needs to have his meds checked.

      07/17/15 7:39 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Gee, thanks “Bubba the Love Sponge.” I’d set myself a personal goal of working every hot button NSA trigger word into the text of the blog over the year, and now you spoiled that. Now I gotta find a new hobby… Fishing for carp to supplement my labor camp rations is still allowed, right?

      07/17/15 9:03 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”I’d set myself a personal goal of working every hot button NSA trigger word into the text of the blog over the year, and now you spoiled that.”unquote

      I’m sorry. But think of it this way. This will give you more time for fishing. 🙂
      Btw, who the fuck eat’s carp? Gak! I’d just as soon eat Bubba the Love Sponge. …er.. maybe not.

      As for this whole stinking usurpation of the 1st and 4th Amendments… the Framers would hang these fucking tyranny loving collectivists.

      07/17/15 11:53 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      You know, looking at some of the words in that NSA list of trigger words, it tells me every single person who post on social media, emails, and comments is a potential “terrorist” to the NSA. I mean, c’maan…they might as well listed the dictionary. The reality is these fucktwats have literally become the Amerikan Stazi. I just hope a future generation burns it to the ground just like these traitors have burned the Constitution, notwithstanding the Magna Carta. The America I was born into… is dead.

      07/17/15 12:50 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      FYI, I have “heard” that analysis of calls, emails, etc. is in no way a simple text matching process– oh, he said “bomb” so we better investigate. Instead, the happy supercomputers conduct complex analysis on trigger words, combinations of words, voice stress, location, and on and on to focus and eliminate false positives.

      07/17/15 1:00 PM | Comment Link

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