How Dangerous Is a Terrorist with a Twitter Handle?
Curiously, Twitter still appears outside the grasp of the NSA’s PRISM program, which gathers information from major U.S. Internet companies. But a group of lawmakers are concerned that the popular microblogging service has become too hospitable an environment for terrorist groups. The platform hosts a number of official feeds for terrorist groups, including Somalia’s al-Shabab, the North African al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra, the Taliban, and Hamas.
the U.S. intelligence community, which has used Twitter feeds of extremists to monitor their messaging for strategies, tactics, and policies. America’s spies also monitor the feeds of extremist personalities and groups to see who follows them and who sympathizes with them, with the goal of identifying potential security threats at home or abroad. In fact, Twitter has made it possible for official bodies to interact with a banned group — even if those interactions haven’t been pleasant.
So while there is no evidence as of yet Twitter has been mined by PRISM — other classified programs may exist, of course — the intelligence community exploits it in other important ways. One former official at the National Security Agency notes, “Twitter is an incredible source to learn what these groups are doing. The FBI, CIA, and NSA not only get a lot of intelligence from Twitter, but there is also a lot of manipulation going on.”
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Ironic because back when Iran had its little ”revolution,” Twitter was one way for Iranian bloggers and citizen reporters to get word out to the world about how they were being treated by the Ayatollahs and the oppressive gov’t.
Soon afterwards the Iranian gov’t arrested nearly every tweeter.
Their ”trials,” were a joke.
Many were imprisoned, some were forcibly married to extremists and locked in inner rooms of secure homes.
I am amazed Obama missed this trick.
It probably would have been part of a future wave of blackmail-collection data.
And who knew?
Phone records show which POLITICIANS use phone sex lines (same or opposite sex) and therefore could be mined for the purpose of blackmailing them into voting Obama’s way.