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When you tweet, the CIA listens

March 15, 2012 NJAPW

Don’t want the spooks spying on your Facebook or Twitter accounts? Don’t diss the Department of Homeland Security – or really, any Federal agency – in public.

Last year, the DHS acknowledged it was scanning social media as well as mainstream media for “operationally relevant data” – in order to detect, say, the next Arab spring or Japanese tsunami or SARS outbreak before they see it on CNN. But according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the spooks are also on the lookout for people being openly critical of the government.


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