Wait, You Mean Homeland Security Isn't Already Scanning Blogs & Forums For Terrorists?
from the uh,-yikes? dept
USA Today is reporting that Homeland Security is looking to start scanning blogs, forums and message boards to try to track terrorists and terrorist activity. My first reaction to this, honestly, was shock. Shouldn’t they have been doing this already? As in, for many, many years? To be fair, the article suggests that the real difference here is that in the past Homeland Security has done static searches that they check on every so often — and now they’re hoping for a more real-time solution. Even so, it strikes me as odd that Homeland Security didn’t already have something that was at least close to real-time in alerting them to certain things online. For all the talk of sophisticated monitoring on internet activities, could it be that we’re really that far behind in internet terrorist monitoring?