DHS wants ‘major changes’ in social media tracking, watch-listing of ‘domestic violent extremists’

DHS wants ‘major changes’ in social media tracking, watch-listing of ‘domestic violent extremists’
Antifa launches explosives. Image: Twitter screen grab

[Ed. – Although they say this isn’t about ideology, it’s about “planning,” the devil is in the details of what “planning” is.  Is it “planning” when one person on their list calls or texts someone who may or may not be on their list?  Is it “planning” if it involves Alex Jones, who may be a nut but who has never planned anything?  Antifa, which engaged in hundreds of terroristic acts in 2020 (e.g., feature image above), seems to be exempt.  For some reason.]

Two senior Biden administration officials said DHS, whose intelligence division did not publish a warning of potential violence before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, is seeking to improve its ability to collect and analyze data about domestic terrorism — including the sorts of public social media posts that threatened an attack on the U.S. Capitol but were not deemed “actionable” by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

DHS plans to expand its relationships with companies that scour public data for intelligence, one of the senior officials said, as well as to better harness the vast trove of data it already collects about Americans, including travel and commercial data through Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service and other DHS components.

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