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October 21st, 2010 . by TexasFred
Federal Agents Urged to ‘Friend’ People on Social Networks

A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share — and to spy on them. In response to a Freedom of Information request, the government released a handful of documents, including a May 2008 memo detailing how social-networking sites are exploited by the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).

As of Thursday morning, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Digg had not commented on the report, which details the official government program to spy via social networking. Other websites the government is spying on include Twitter, MySpace, Craigslist and Wikipedia, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed the FOIA request.

“Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuel a need to have a large group of ‘friends’ link to their pages, and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don’t even know,” stated one of the documents obtained by the EFF. “This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities,” it said.

According to the EFF, this memo — which specifically details how the government evaluates potential citizen requests — suggests there’s nothing to prevent an exaggerated, harmless or even out-of-date offhand comment in a status update from quickly becoming the subject of a full investigation.

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I have been a bit hesitant to write this piece. Let’s face facts, you NEVER know who is listening to your phone calls and who is truly reading your blog or forum.

Given the current political climate in America, the desperation of the Dems and Hussein Obama to hold power, the eagerness of the GOP to wrest power from the Dems, and the propensity of the GOP to LIE to the American people regarding the true intentions regarding Conservatism, I wouldn’t put it past ANY of the *alphabet agencies* to actively attempt to infiltrate groups like the TEA Party and try to paint us as ‘Unruly Insurgents’, they already have you know.

Yet some Republicans worry that tea-party candidates are settling too comfortably into their roles as unruly insurgents and could prove hard to manage if they get elected. Paul, who beat GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson in Kentucky’s primary, told the National Review that he would seek to join forces with GOP Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), “who are unafraid to stand up� and who have blocked numerous bills advanced by both parties deemed by the pair as expanding government. SOURCE

Unruly Insurgents? Yeah, that’s ME… :P

Picture the cast of the new movie, RED: Retired Extremely Dangerous. That’s how the those in the U.S. government would like to portray us. All because we are fed up with the lies and what we all see as corruption in American politics.

So, we speak out, we assemble, peaceably, we petition our grievances and we are labeled as some kind of INSURGENCY. How convenient…we can be labeled and then watched because we are, after all, EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, to those that are intent on destroying America.

With this revelation, the government joins a growing list of groups using social-networking sites for purposes other than social networking. As these sites have gained popularity, scammers and spammers have become rampant, and hackers are increasingly turning to networks such as Facebook to spread viruses and Trojan Horses.

The EFF also uncovered efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor social media during the inauguration of President Obama. According to the documents, the DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals and organizations explicitly tied to the event.

I have a friend that was contacted by an old friend of his recently. That ‘friend’ is known to be in the military intelligence business. And before any of my buddies go there, yeah, I know, it’s a double redundancy, military and intelligence are words that just don’t go together. I digress.

So, my friend is contacted by his friend and asked about how to become actively involved in TEA Party groups. I am sure it was a pure coincidence that this request came 3 or 4 days before this article from FOX News was published.

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Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party

July 19th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Republican lawmakers gird for rowdy tea party

So who wants to join Rand Paul’s “tea-party” caucus?

“I don’t know about that,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) replied with a nervous laugh. “I’m not sure I should be participating in this story.”

Republican lawmakers see plenty of good in the tea party, but they also see reasons to worry. The movement, which has ignited passion among conservative voters and pushed big government to the forefront of the 2010 election debate, has also stirred quite a bit of controversy. Voters who don’t want to privatize Social Security or withdraw from the United Nations could begin to see the tea party and the Republican Party as one and the same.

Paul, the GOP Senate nominee in Kentucky, floated the idea of forming an official caucus for tea-party-minded senators in an interview in the National Review as one way he would shake up Washington. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one of the movement’s favorite incumbents, filed paperwork on Thursday to register a similar group in the House “to promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government.”

In six states — Kentucky, Nevada, Florida, Utah, Colorado and Minnesota — tea-party-backed Republican Senate candidates have won nomination or are favored in upcoming primaries. They are attracting outsize attention not only from Democrats and the media, but from conservative leaders such as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck.

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I have always heard the expression ‘strike while the iron is hot’. That may well be the order of the day for the TEA Party in America, as soon as the TEA Party can get it’s own act together and stop being it’s own worst enemy.

I personally am NOT a fan of Rand Paul, at least as things stand at the moment, but if he can bring an effort together that can unite, solidify and give new direction to the TEA Party, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at Rand Paul.

The TEA Party has tremendous potential, but the infighting, the accusations of racism over an article written by TEA Party Express leader Mark Williams, and the reaction to that piece by the National Tea Party Federation, do absolutely nothing to make the TEA Party attractive to many people.

In fact, Mark Williams piece only served to strengthen the position of the NAACP and their accusation of racism within the TEA Party, and has given the left wing media, and their minions, ammunition aplenty which they are using to attack and denigrate ALL TEA Party groups.

Republicans such as Paul and Sharron Angle in Nevada may hold provocative views, but “they’re our nominees and I think we ought to get behind them 100 percent,” said Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.).

“The candidates are not ours to choose,” said Cornyn, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. “They’re the choice of the primary voters in the states, and I think we should respect their choices.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R)INO has spoken.

If it weren’t for the Americans for Prosperity folks in Austin, Texas, Sen. Cornyn (R)INO couldn’t get invited to a TEA Party in Texas.

John Cornyn (R)INO, is NOT a TEA Party person. Sen. Cornyn is a RINO that is desperately in search of a way back into the hearts of true Conservatives after some of his less than stellar votes left us here in Texas wondering if John Cornyn could even spell Conservative.

Yet some Republicans worry that tea-party candidates are settling too comfortably into their roles as unruly insurgents and could prove hard to manage if they get elected. Paul, who beat GOP establishment favorite Trey Grayson in Kentucky’s primary, told the National Review that he would seek to join forces with GOP Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), “who are unafraid to stand up” and who have blocked numerous bills advanced by both parties deemed by the pair as expanding government.

Unruly Insurgents??

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