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Report: Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, HuffPo Among Other Sites

Report: Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, HuffPo Among Others

According to a report by Reuters‘s Mark Hosenball, Matt Drudge‘s Drudge Report and many other websites have been kept under surveillance by the Department of Homeland Security. A DHS official involved in the website monitoring program confirmed the authenticity of the watch list to the news agency.

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Under the umbrella of “Social Networking/Media Capability” — the department has been keeping tabs on “blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months.” Why? According to Hosenball, the department says it is for the purpose of collecting “information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.”

Here is the full list of websites Homeland Security has been watching:

Facebook
Twitter
Myspace
Blogs

The Drudge Report
The Huffington Post
The New York Times’s Lede blog
Wired’s Threat Level
Wired’s Danger Room
ABC News’ investigative blog The Blotter
“blogs that cover bird flu … news and activity along U.S. borders … drug trafficking and cybercrime”
Multimedia

Hulu
YouTube
Flickr

(h/t Atlantic Wire)

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