According to recent reports, the Biden administration is planning to partner with private investigative firms to monitor “extremist chatter by Americans online” given the limited power the federal government has to violate America’s right to privacy.
The federal government cannot legally use online aliases to monitor social media platforms, but they may scan public profiles and posts not blocked or privated.
The plan being proposed by top Biden officials essentially allows the Department of Homeland Security to circumvent laws that limit what the government can do to spy on its citizens without proper legal justification. A source close to the administration revealed DHS hopes to gather information on social media that could help them more clearly identify “extremists” online.
Meanwhile, while conservatives have been banned left-and-right from various social media platforms, radical Far-Left groups, such as Antifa, have been allowed to freely propagandize their extremism. Similarly, noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan has retained his twitter account without any trouble.
The private firms Biden hopes to partner with will act as a middleman to obtain the needed information, which would consist of “broad summaries or analysis of narratives that are emerging on these sites” but would apparently not target specific individuals. However, these firms are in their full legal rights to use fake online profiles to seek out and spy on specific individuals to collect the “broad” data. Any attempt to pull this off by the federal government would result in a major legal headache for the Biden administration.
Bryan Dean Wright, Democrat and former CIA officer, immediately slammed the report upon its release:
Former President Trump’s White House Chief of Staff also chimed in:
Author: Asa McCue