US DHS Preparing to Use Private Contractors to “Scour Public Data and Social Media” To Compile Dissident Citizens for Watch List and No Fly Lists

US DHS Preparing to Use Private Contractors to “Scour Public Data and Social Media” To Compile Dissident Citizens for Watch List and No Fly Lists. By Ken Dilanian.

The Department of Homeland Security, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to protect the country from international terrorism, is moving toward a sweeping set of policy changes to detect and stop what intelligence officials say is now a top threat: domestic violent extremism. …

The officials stressed that the trigger for scrutiny would be plans for violence, not political ideology…. [Sure, so they are already thinking of it]

While Americans have long been among those on the government’s various watch lists, a move to restrict the travel of those deemed to be domestic violent extremists — without charging them with crimes — is also likely to be controversial.

The story of DHS really is one of overreaching,” said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, who co-authored a 2019 report about how DHS uses social media in immigration enforcement. “And given the urgency of the moment, these periods don’t necessarily lend themselves to really being careful and judicious about how information is collected and kept.” …

What is driving the changes at DHS is broad recognition, the officials said, that the federal government either did not see or did not act on widespread indications on social media that extremists were planning violence in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

Sundance:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now getting ready to hire public companies, individual contractors outside government, to scour public data and social media in order to provide information for the new “domestic terror watch lists.”

From the description it appears DHS is going to pay “big tech” (Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, etc.), via contracts, to hire and organize internal monitoring teams to assist the government by sending information on citizens they deem “dangerous.” …

Expand your thinking to what was initiated with the COVID model for “contact tracing” and you can quickly see how physical proximity to a rogue dissident, a person with wrong thoughts — aka a domestic extremist — can result in you being labeled along with that dissident…. and you are on the list.

Then overlay the efforts of Big Tech to assist the administrative state with an electronic trail of your habits, contacts, phone calls, text messages and internet patterns…. and you are on the list.

Soon there might be two justice systems: those for whom the system approves, and those for whom it does not.