Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Big Brother and Twitter

The Rove Republican Racket successfully targeted, prosecuted, and incarcerated Democrats and other politicians by stretching the law.

In some case, the victims of the Rove Racket had done something stupid or unethical, but not criminal. In many cases, it wasn't a crime, just stupidity.

Now  it has been revealed that federal agents are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to target U.S.citizens, guilty or innocent.

These social networks are not the center of criminal activity. They are the center of political activity, and Uncle Sam is watching you!

The Reno Gazette Journal reports:
U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting. Think you know who's behind that "friend" request? Think again. Your new "friend" just might be the FBI.

The document, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, makes clear that U.S. agents are already logging on surreptitiously to exchange messages with suspects, identify a target's friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips. Among other purposes: Investigators can check suspects' alibis by comparing stories told to police with tweets sent at the same time about their whereabouts. Online photos from a suspicious spending spree — people posing with jewelry, guns or fancy cars — can link suspects or their friends to robberies or burglaries.