Posted by Curt on 21 April, 2021 at 2:41 pm. 6 comments already!


by Ace

Cue National Review and Conservative, Inc. to present “The Conservative Case for Neverending Stasi Surveillance.”
Note that the strong suggestion here is that the Postal Service has been weaponized to find right-wing “insurrectionists” — while the federal government continues to label antifa and BLM terrorism “protected first amendment activity.”
Reported by Jana Winter:

The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.
“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” says the March 16 government bulletin, marked as “law enforcement sensitive” and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers. “Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts.”
A number of groups were expected to gather in cities around the globe on March 20 as part of a World Wide Rally for Freedom and Democracy, to protest everything from lockdown measures to 5G. “Parler users have commented about their intent to use the rallies to engage in violence. Image 3 on the right is a screenshot from Parler indicating two users discussing the event as an opportunity to engage in a ‘fight’ and to ‘do serious damage,'” says the bulletin.
“No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats,” it adds.
The bulletin includes screenshots of posts about the protests from Facebook, Parler, Telegram and other social media sites. Individuals mentioned by name include one alleged Proud Boy and several others whose identifying details were included but whose posts did not appear to contain anything threatening.
…The government’s monitoring of Americans’ social media is the subject of ongoing debate inside and outside government, particularly in recent months, following a rise in domestic unrest. While posts on platforms such as Facebook and Parler have allowed law enforcement to track down and arrest rioters who assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6, such data collection has also sparked concerns about the government surveilling peaceful protesters or those engaged in protected First Amendment activities.

Notice how they contrast the rioters of January 6 — who are insurrectionists who need to be surveilled — with the rioters of antifa and BLM, who have been burning down cities and terrorizing people for daring to use the public roads they paid for or have a meal in a restaurant for a fucking year, which are presumably the “peaceful protesters or those engaged in protected First Amendment activities.”

Note that the Grifter Pseudoright continues to echo the false claims of the far left authoritarians, thereby justifying these increasingly repressive government actions.
Here’s Guy — or Gal– Benson just today, talking up the “deadly” January 6th riot, refusing to acknowledge the only deadliness that day that wasn’t due to natural causes was a government agent killing an unarmed woman:

This seems to be the go-to move for most partisans in the current era of American politics. Deflect to the other tribe, back and forth, on and on. Clean up your own house, they cry, evincing little appetite to do the same. And even if you think McCarthy punted on accountability for the cause of the disgraceful and deadly January 6th riot, he did not support the violence.

This was published by Salem Media today or yesterday — well after the reveal (which most non-NeverTrumpers already knew about) that Brian Sicknick had died of strokes, not due to the “disgraceful and deadly” four hour insurrection.
But Salem Media continues to propagate these lies to justify continued government repression of their archenemies in the non-corporate, non-neocon right.

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