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Why is the Dept. of Homeland Security monitoring journalists writing and tweets?

Why is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security monitoring American journalists in the USA? See, Homeland Security monitors journalists | Travel Underground. In the USA, freedom of speech has its appropriate and legal limits, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Be aware that the U.S. government is watching journalists to monitor what they write or say. See the site, Department of Homeland Security | Preserving our Freedoms.

On the other hand, check out the article, "Homeland Security Monitoring All Journalists & Social Media Users." You could reply, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

And you could continue, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." But will anyone listen to you (as a journalist or freelance writer, or commentator)?

This initiative is called the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative. The 'operations' sprang up from the DHS headquarters in November, 2011. Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms. See, Department of Homeland Security's National Operations Center.


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