Its national operations center has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” which involves regular monitoring of “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.” The purpose of the monitoring, says the government document, is to “collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.”
So, your Facebook updates and Tweets on the latest new “it” restaurant, may in fact become a matter of state security? The Department of Homeland Security has recently revealed that it has established a regular monitoring program of some of the Internet’s most often used social media sites.
The question begs asking, is this going too far in the drive to provide for the security of the nation? Are your relationship updates and pictures of the family’s most recent vacation relevant to the maintenance of our nation’s well-being? Or is this simply another means for government to strip away at the privacy of citizens; removing another layer of separation between citizens and government.