What began, yesterday,
Upon entering the USA this week, I was subjected to a US Customs Secondary screening where they interrogated me on my work (including the “focus” of my writing). This is the second time in a row I was screened! I must be on a Dept of Homeland Security watch list. Witch hunt!
— Roosh (@rooshv) December 13, 2018
escalated into curious conspiratorial intrigue, today,
I was told why I’m getting screened by US Customs: the Dept of Homeland Security has started a surveillance program on “influencers” (i.e. dissidents) that includes details of the influencer’s particular “beat”. That is EXACTLY what I was interrogated on. https://t.co/nRGoIcGBd8 pic.twitter.com/JxGvjzQ0v1
— Roosh (@rooshv) December 14, 2018
I’m fond of conspiratorial mulling and I certainly don’t expect that our government, any government, possessing the bottomless reams of power at its disposal, is not beyond the specter of abuse and exploitation of such powers, but still…I tend to be very “demanding” of individual claims of governmental targeting. In this case, Roosh experienced some “unorthodox” treatment by federal law enforcement goons. Is this indicative of a malevolent state force? Perhaps. Still, I resist emotion and passion when considering such plots. I don’t know Roosh from jack. I’ve read him, enjoy much of what he has to say, but who knows. He may very well be involved in all kinds of ulterior shenanigans which rightfully place him on the Homeland radar; but maybe, his public acclaim for unpopular ideas has also triggered the big eye in the sky.
I don’t know. It’s beyond my powers to know and I will just say this is all very curious.
You know what I find most curious of all?
It does not concern Roosh or his Orwellian brush with the law at the airport.
It has to do with the fact that what is a really groundbreaking story somehow slipped by my awareness, and probably that of many Americans as well. It is linked in the second Tweet, an item from Bloomberg back in April. Eight months ago!
The piece, in its entirety, appears below. I’ve highlighted some very “curious” aspects to this story.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers.”
It’s seeking a contractor that can help it monitor traditional news sources as well as social media and identify “any and all” coverage related to the agency or a particular event, according to a request for information released April 3. The data to be collected includes a publication’s “sentiment” as well as geographical spread, top posters, languages, momentum, and circulation. No value for the contract was disclosed.
“Services shall provide media comparison tools, design and rebranding tools, communication tools, and the ability to identify top media influencers,” according to the statement. DHS agencies have “a critical need to incorporate these functions into their programs in order to better reach federal, state, local, tribal, and private partners,” it said.
The DHS wants to track more than 290,000 global news sources, including online, print, broadcast, cable, and radio, as well as trade and industry publications, local, national and international outlets, and social media, according to the documents. It also wants the ability to track media coverage in more than 100 languages including Arabic, Chinese, and Russian, with instant translation of articles into English.
The request comes amid heightened concern about accuracy in media and the potential for foreigners to influence U.S. elections and policy through “fake news.” Nineteen lawmakers including Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, asking whether Qatar-based Al Jazeera should register as a foreign agent because it “often directly undermines” U.S. interests with favorable coverage of Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.
The DHS request says the selected vendor will set up an online “media influence database” giving users the ability to browse based on location, beat, and type of influence. For each influencer found, “present contact details and any other information that could be relevant, including publications this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous coverage published by the media influencer.”
A department spokesman didn’t immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.
Responses are due April 13. Seven companies, mainly minority- or women-owned small businesses, have already expressed interest in becoming a vendor for the contract, according to the FedBizOpps web site.
I’m amused by the preponderance of “minority and women” in this equation. It’s almost as if the DMV and Child Services are being given the key to our house.
In today’s clamor of public information, the volume of which is exponentially multiplied by internet spewage, it is very difficult to keep track of the news stampede. Unless you actively filter your own stratospheric-level news feeds with keywords and customized parameters, shitloads of important facts will elude your awareness. Even with filters, it’s still likely an unmanageable mass of data.
The tidal wave of bullshit that scourges across the internet is the enemy of the silenced for it obliterates the most frightening aspects of reality which come back to imprison us.
The next time another “celebrity headline” monopolizes the news, keep this in mind.
The next time some idiotic viral video swallows up the MSM’s fancy, keep this in mind.
The elites depend, rely, on our laziness and its attendant demand for immediate gratification, for cover.
Always…keep this in mind.