The US Department of Homeland Security looks for building a media monitoring database. Meanwhile, some reporters objected on this matter. But, a DHS spokesman dismissed their concerns as fodder over the black helicopter conspiracy theorist.
bid for the program
Russian international television network, RT reported that “service providers who want to bid for the program have until April 13 to submit a capabilities statement, according to the notice posted on the federal contractor website by National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a division of DHS charged with protecting the ‘physical and cyberinfrastructure’.”
Forbes’ Michelle Fabio ponders if DHS tries to use the cries of “Russian meddling” to justify creating a database of journalists and social media influencers.
nothing more than the standard practice
In order to respond Forbes’ comment, DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said, the database is “nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media”.
He further said, “any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theory”.
Houlton adopted a similar tone in responding to an inquiry from Alex Kasprak of the fact-checking site Snopes. “You are embarrassing yourself with these questions and wild conspiracy theories,” he wrote.
The RT report tried to point that the USA actually spies on its citizen. It further wrote to conclude, “The DHS spokesman’s snark has certainly raised some eyebrows, as official denials in Washington are never quite so forceful. One is reminded of how former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress the NSA does not “wittingly” spy on Americans. Unfortunately for Clapper, just a few months later whistleblower Edward Snowden showed the entire world that the NSA was doing just that”.