CNN Announces The Biden Administration May Launch Private Firms To Watch U.S. Citizens Without Surveillance Warrants
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Joe Biden’s administration is considering teaming up with private companies to monitor “American extremist chatter online,” according to The Daily Wire.
The federal government is legally limited to what it can monitor without an arrest warrant.
The Daily Wire said, “The plan, which according to multiple sources is being discussed on the DHS, would actually allow the department to circumvent” laws that restrict what the federal government can do to monitor US citizens without a warrant. ”
“A source familiar with the effort said the point is not to decipher data, but to use outside agencies that can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help the DHS create important narratives identify as soon as they appear. “
“Gathering information about US citizens – no matter how heinous their beliefs are – poses immediate constitutional and legal challenges.”
“Civil rights activists and data protection officers have long criticized any efforts to even collect large amounts of public information about Americans as violating Americans’ First and Fourth Amendment Rights.”
Joe Biden wants to “work” with the private sector to conduct surveillance as the government cannot do so without an arrest warrant or an ongoing investigation.
It is monstrous. pic.twitter.com/pRV1XamP0d
– BDW (@BryanDeanWright) May 3, 2021
Mark Meadows said, “They spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and came by without any consequences … and now they want to spy on you too. This is a terrifying, terrible idea that should be flatly rejected. “
They spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and came by without any consequences … and now they want to spy on you too.
This is a terrifying, terrible idea that should be flatly rejected. https://t.co/fD1GxLDjUQ
– Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) May 3, 2021
Andrew Surabian said, “The government’s outsourcing of domestic espionage by American citizens to outside corporations does not make it any less dangerous, unconstitutional or illegal.”
“Do Poles have the courage to assert themselves against an increasingly lawless and authoritarian national security state?”
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From the Daily Wire:
President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly considering working with private companies to monitor “American extremist chatter online” as the federal government is limited by law to what it can do without a warrant.
According to the report, the federal government is also banned from using fake identities to gain access to private messaging apps and groups. The government can scan public social media profiles.
The report alleged that the private companies considered by the Biden government would “act as middlemen” to obtain the information that would consist of “comprehensive summaries or analysis of narratives based on these Websites would “show up” rather than “target specific people”. “However, some of these companies are using fake identities to access the private social media areas that the government cannot access, which can create potential legal problems for the administration.
The report was immediately criticized online by opponents on both sides of the aisle, including former intelligence officials.
Bryan Dean Wright, a Democrat and former CIA officer, wrote: “Joe Biden wants to work with the private sector to conduct surveillance because the government cannot do this without an arrest warrant or an ongoing investigation. It is monstrous. ”