The Biden Administration will be partnering with private firms to surveil “domestic terrorists” online.
In other words, since the Biden Admin can’t spy without a warrant or probable cause/ongoing investigation, they will outsource it to the private sector.
The Department of Homeland Security can only browse through open social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook etc. and cannot assume false identities to infiltrate private messaging apps.
However, there is a plan in the works to circumvent the Department’s limits so the government can monitor online chatter in private messaging apps like Telegram.
“If [the DHS] can find willing external partners that would help provide access to private groups on these encrypted apps, DHS and its federal partners, including the FBI, would be able to legally identify potential domestic terrorists and access information that could inform investigative efforts,” a source familiar with the effort told CNN.
The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand the government’s ability to gather intelligence but could draw criticism over surveillance of US citizens.
The plan being discussed inside DHS, according to multiple sources, would, in effect, allow the department to circumvent those limits. A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge.
By partnering with research firms who have more visibility in this space, the DHS could produce information that would likely be beneficial to both it and the FBI, which can’t monitor US citizens in this way without first getting a warrant or having the pretext of an ongoing investigation. The CIA and NSA are also limited on collecting intelligence domestically.
Last month it was reported the law enforcement arm of the US Postal Service is secretly monitoring and collecting Americans’ social media posts, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News.
The spying program is known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program and involves goons trolling through social media sites to look for “inflammatory” posts – and then sharing the information with other government agencies.
Last we checked, “inflammatory” language was covered by the First Amendment.
The Biden Admin is using the might of the US government and now partnering with the private sector to target anyone who disagrees with the regime (Trump supporters/conservatives).