below is an article about my interview with KETK NBC that Texas GOP Vote posted on their website:
Texas GOP Vote blogger David Bellow was recently on KETK NBC in Tyler, TX to discuss the recent revelations that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been monitoring blogs and other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Drudge Report and Huffington Post.
See KETK NBC news video here: http://www.ketknbc.com/news/big-brother-eyeing-websites-bloggers
Basically, the DHS recently came out and said they have been monitoring social sites and blogs. They call it a social networking media capability program. They are doing this so that they can collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture. That is a whole bunch of words. What they really should say is that they just want to see what is going on and they want to see what people are saying/reporting on their blogs.
Some people told KETK NBC that this was Big Brother and that they did not like it. When Bellow was asked about it he said, “I think that is great. They might learn something.”
Bellow went on to explain that when he puts something on a blog, “I am putting it out for the public to see. I want them to see it. So I am not at all bothered that they are reading it.”
Bellow is a conservative Republican blogger and he posts stories sometimes that the mainstream media does not know about or does not want to cover. He said that, “if the Department of Homeland Security is looking at blogs, I think that is a great idea because I think they could learn a lot.”
For instance, “If the DHS could not have been so politically correct and if they read some of the information that Major Nidal Hasan put on forums, they would have known that he was a Muslim terrorist and the entire Fort Hood Massacre could have been avoided. Of course, the Obama Administration believes that those soldiers died as a part of workplace violence only and not a part of a terrorist attack by a Muslim who hates America.”
Also, “the Obama Administration could really learn a lot about how dangerous the Mexican border is by reading blogs. If they read some blog then they would know about the violence from drug cartels that is spilling over onto American soil. They would know about the tens of thousands who have been killed along the border and about all the shootings with American law enforcement and drug cartels. Then Obama would not be coming to Texas making jokes about how we will not be happy until there is a moat with alligators. No, we just want to be safe from the violent drug cartels.”
SHOCKING Texas/Mexico Border WARZONE PICTURES and VIDEO: Massive Battle Across Texas Mexico Border - Machine Guns and Explosions - Morning of April 21, 2011
Bellow does say that there would be an issue with storing information or accessing private information, but what he puts on a blog is put there for the purpose of being read and there is no expectation of privacy for what you put on a public online blog. The real problem right now is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was just passed and signed into law that allows Americans on American soil to be detained secretly without due process and without even a trial. That is the bigger problem we are facing right now.
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