HOMELAND SECURITY TO JUST WATCH EVERY SINGLE THING WE DO ON THE WEB FROM NOW ON
March 23 2013
Washington, D.C. – Despite being around, at least in a significant way, for nearly two decades the digital world is still a kind of Wild West for many people. In that Wild West some people are Pat Garret, some Billy the Kid, but most are the cobblers and bartenders working in border towns ignorant or afraid of what’s out there in the wider world.
That type of attitude is something that has not really evolved despite numerous incidents involving products—like Facebook – where the underbelly of the internet has been exposed for all to see. Often, people simply end up retreating and going back to their daily lives.
That attitude has allowed people interested in exploiting the web and how people use it for their own good. Sometimes the people doing the exploiting are bad, terrible people and other times they are fairly neutral. In some cases though the people doing that exploiting do under the guise of good, of being the Sheriff on the white steed, but end up doing things not good for anyone. The Department of Homeland Security may very well be that Sheriff with a new set of rules that will watch every single thing Americans do on the web, especially the naughty things because they like that kind of thing.
The new plan will expand the already existing cyber security protocols in place to civilian infrastructures including banks and utilities which will allow the government to see everything they are doing.
The move is being made to try and head off a potentially devastating cyber attack sometime in the future which may or may not ever happen.
Thus far, the program has really only caught people looking at pornography while they should be working, something not considered a threat to national security, yet at least.
“Clearly anytime we are getting into this realm, of monitoring what people do on the web, we are headed into a potentially dangerous arena. This system, at least as it stands right now, really only covers communications at work and not at home but it could well be a soft launch of something like that,” said Scrape TV Government Oppression analyst Gene Wilkers. “That is something people should be wary of, that this will extend into their private web use. Many people work from home, for example, so the move towards opening up that arena would not be a big step.”
The program will actually be run by the NSA which traditionally spies on web use overseas.
“The danger is of course that the government could through this end up watching
every single thing we do on the web. Now it’s true that most people don’t do anything of consequence on the web but they should be able to do that without interference or monitoring from the government. I mean if someone wants to stalk their ex-girlfriend on Facebook or spend an entire morning looking at Ryan Gosling Gif’s they should be able to do that,” continued Wilkers. “Clearly the Found Fathers didn’t spell those specific rights out in the constitution because the internet hadn’t been invented at that time but I’m sure if they were alive today they would be fighting for those rights and to keep the government out of our Tumblr pages, the way it should be.”
It’s not clear what, if anything, the DHS will actually do with the information but probably nothing.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent