Rutherford Institute calls on DHS to disclose government surveillance program that tracks, monitors and mines social media influencers & posts | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Rutherford Institute calls on DHS to disclose government surveillance program that tracks, monitors and mines social media influencers & posts

Pushing back against the expansion of secret government surveillance programs and the chilling impact they have on lawful First Amendment activities, The Rutherford Institute is demanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disclose the details of a government program proposed by DHS in April 2018 that aims to track, monitor, catalog and mine content posted by social media "influencers."

In filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Rutherford Institute attorneys are asking for all records relating to a "Media Monitoring Services" surveillance program that would create a "media influencer database" for content created and posted by journalists, editors, social media influencers, and bloggers. The Institute is asking for records and information on the program because of the chilling effect it will have on the First Amendment activities of the citizens targeted by the program.

"Government surveillance stifles dissent. The impact of this far-reaching surveillance is reduced trust, increased conformity, diminished civic participation and a populace cowed by fear," said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. "The Department of Homeland Security’s secret surveillance of social media influencers is not only antithetical to the principles of a free society, but will also have a chilling and deleterious effect on the ability of all Americans to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech."

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