The Biden administration now wants to hire “outside agents” to conduct surveillance on all internet chatter that it can’t legally access. This is actually what true “authoritarianism” looks like, not that any Democratic Party voter will care so long as dissent is crushed.
The Department of Homeland Security is limited in how it can monitor citizens online without justification and is banned from activities like assuming false identities to gain access to private messaging apps used by extremist groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers.
Instead, federal authorities can only browse through unprotected information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and other open online platforms. A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge