Reportedly, the Biden administration is working with the Department of Homeland Security and private firms to ratchet down on free speech in America. The report claims that because the government is legally restricted in their ability to infiltrate and monitor online activity, they want to bring in private companies to bridge the gap.
CNN reports that the purpose of the new government-proxy surveillance is to monitor “extremist chatter by Americans online.” The report claims that the goal of the partnership is to allow DHS to “circumvent” laws which restrict the governments ability to perform warrantless searches.
CNN explains that the private firms would “act as middlemen” in obtaining domestic intelligence. The stated goal of the surveillance is not to “target specific individuals” but to compile “broad summaries. . . of narratives” that are present on certain websites.
The report explains that gathering warrantless information on US Citizens “raises instant constitutional and legal challenges.”
Representatives from both sides of the political spectrum were quick to condemn the idea, particularly those who work in intelligence.
Former CIA officer and Democrat, Bryan Dean Wright posted the following on Twitter.
Joe Biden wants to “partner” with the private sector to conduct surveillance because the Govt can’t do it without a warrant or ongoing investigation.
This is monstrous. pic.twitter.com/pRV1XamP0d
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) May 3, 2021
Former chief of staff for the Trump administration, Mark Meadows also spoke out on Twitter.
They spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and skated by with no consequences… and now they want to spy on you too.
This is a chilling, terrible idea that should be roundly rejected. https://t.co/fD1GxLDjUQ
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) May 3, 2021
Author: Nathan Lee