DHS Tracking

DHS To Track Journalists And Anyone Else With A Following; Criminals And Terrorists, Not So Much

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called journalists concerned about its new database “tin foil hat” conspiracy nuts for worrying about the federal government tracking all reporters instead of focusing on criminals or terrorists.

The announcement which was eventually removed from FedBizOps was for “media monitoring” of over 290,000 global news sources in a multitude of languages. The successful contracting company will have “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

While media monitoring is nothing new (VA monitors media using a company called Barbaricum and pays millions for the insight each day), the scope and possible impact of the government creating such a database of this kind of scope seems alarming.

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Media Monitoring Services

Two weeks ago, Trump’s DHS took out a contract for “Media Monitoring Services” to track basically any human with a following. Many in the industry of informing the public, including yours truly, view this newest intrusion as an attack against the First Amendment activities of the public.

While the platform may seem benign on the surface, precisely how DHS plans to use the data has yet to be answered. Though, given how interested social media platforms are in silencing dissenters on both sides of the aisle, I think the world should be very, very concerned.

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All it would take is one administration with a close relationship between Silicone Valley and the White House to totally shut down dissent using Gestapo tactics or simply shutting off a switch in Facebook to kill viral topics that would otherwise interest Americans.

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Attack Against Journalists And Influencers Nationwide

Each and every day, reporters and journalists are attacked with physical or economic violence. The Committee to Protect Journalists just held its annual campaign to increase awareness of imprisoned journalists called Free The Press campaign.

In May, UNESCO will hold its annual World Press Freedom Day “to inform citizens of violations of press freedom — a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.”

We, as Americans, tend to fixate on how bad things are for others everywhere else while our own country and protections crumble.

To borrow from Forbes, the United States government, traditionally one of the bastions of press freedom, is about to compile a list of professional journalists and “top media influencers,” which would seem to include bloggers and podcasters, and monitor what they’re putting out to the public.

They will now track and store “any and all media coverage”.

“Any and all media coverage,” as you might imagine, is quite broad and includes “online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media.”

The database will be browsable by “location, beat and type of influencer,” and for each influencer, the chosen contractor should “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.”

Anyway, I plan to break out my tin foil hat. What about you?

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  1. Hi All! Sorry I haven’t been able to post the last couple of days. You shortly after I posted a comment on Ben’s article titled “Allegations Of Mismanagement, Drinking On Job Delay VA Confirmation”. A sheriffs deputy showed up at my door and then left only to return a few minutes latter and arrest me on a very bogus charge.

    My Comment is at: “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2018/04/24/mismanagement-allegations-drinking-job-may-derail-confirmation-hearing/#comment-101825”

    After going through the system I found my self locked up in Superior Wisconsin the current site of the refinery that is burning out of control. I went to court and do to lack of evidence I released on a signature bond. The DA’s office try to claim that I should be held on a high bond and that I had to connection to community. But the fact there was no evidence to support the charge against me and the City of Superior has even named a street after me using my full name. I was given a signature bond and released.

    About the refinery fire. Currently the news is not saying just how bad it is. The whole City of Superior has been placed under mandatory evacuation orders. The people in the jail are currently being exposed to the toxic cloud and are in a locked down so that they do not know what is happening.

    The Wind has changed and the smoke is is covering a much greater area than is being reported. I was released at about 4:00 pm and the smoke was covering the city and clearly everyone could smell it. One person from the police department stated that the police department and government services will be closed for the next 5 Days.

    The fire is currently not being fought and it is likely conditions will be getting much worse.

    Also worth noting is that the Superior VA Clinic is about a mile from the fire as the crow flies.

    St. Marys Hospital that is attached to the VA Clinic has been evacuated.

    Also worth noting Husky oil stock has drop substantially.

    This Fire has a very large number of full oil tanks and will likely be burning for days.

    “UPDATE: No effort to fight Superior refinery fire; evacuations could last days”
    By News Tribune Today at 5:45 p.m.

    1. Seymore,
      Seems to me, if there’s “lack of evidence”, any and all charges would be dropped!
      Unless, like a friend of mine years ago, was “railroaded” into prison on false claims!
      Be careful brother.
      Law enforcement, at all levels in government, have some degree of illegal acts against veterans and civilians!

      1. Thank You Elf!

        There is no evidence because the crime never happened. It is likely to be dismissed when I go to court. Can’t say a whole lot about it now. I am sure my attorney would not want me to say anything about it at this point.

        AS for the refinery fire in Superior from the news reports it looks like the city government pulled off a miracle. The new Fire Chief and the fire crews from his department seem to have done a truly heroic and amazing job.

        They are now reporting that the fire has been put out.

    2. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

      Seymore, what you posted is disturbing, whatever is going on, I wish you the best.
      Git r done, and cover your arse.

      1. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

        I am sending the blogs armor division, to cover your 6.



      2. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

        *Armored* Sowwy….

  2. All the information from this collection effort, along with all the cell phone, landline, internet data will be analyzed in the “Utah Data Center” by the NSA for security connections, as the algorithms get better the dots can be connected and the black suburban will roll out after targeted data collection. The proposed Patriot Act 2 is the guiding force behind making us safe.

    1. Many people, actually – a majority, do NOT trust the government for anything.
      That said:
      How do you believe the government will “keep us safe”?

  3. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

    I am under the opinion that most, if not all,news media is complicate, in treason, for the way they have split this country in half. They have harmed the nation, given out military secrets, to the enemy, and have chosen sides politically. They should not only be followed, but gathered up and hung from the nearest tree.

    Fuck all news media, not a single one can be trusted.

    1. “cj”,
      I watch some (very few) MSM shows. Most are “opinionated, slanted towards liberal agenda’s and many LIE continuously (especially about anything our duly elected patriotic Republicans speak about!)
      On the other hand, IF one knows the lies, one can use the lies for their benefits!
      For example: Today I put an article on here from CNN. In the long article, which contains three videos, two individuals stated, quote; “Admiral Jackson has never been vetted!” Unquote.
      Those individuals were LYING!
      Admiral Jackson had been vetted before he started in the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration AND the Trump Administration. As a matter of fact, the FBI has reported, in a letter to the Senate, they vetted him before he started with the Trump Administration!
      Those letters, and other documents containing praise for Admiral Jackson, were sent to the Senate on either Monday or Tuesday this week!

      One thing I’m wondering about is;
      Did anyone threaten Admiral Jackson or his family?

      Those “alleged slanderous statements”, by “military members”, were just the tip of the iceberg – as far as I’m concerned! There’s definitely something else going on here!

      As I’ve said before;
      I’d rather “die on my feet than live on my knees!”
      I will NEVER bow down to anyone! Of course, that’s the way I was raised!

      1. According to a quote I read from Sara Sanders, White House press secretary, she said Jackson had 4 background investigations by the FBI.

        What is going on here? Swamp Rats protecting their piggy bank.

        You can ask this question of just about any agency that is still waiting on someone to be appointed to lead it…

        What would happen if that appointee got into office and found there have been millions funneled out of their agency and into the pockets of swamp rats?

        Part of the reason for the left to be so against confirming Pompeo to SecState is that former officials in the the State Department are up to their ears in breaking the law regarding illegal spying or misuse of intelligence.

      2. You do not think all those “diplomats” at every embassy are working for the state department, do you? Traditional spy cover story for centuries, each side does it. the problem now is that internal/external threats are interconnected via social media, this brings all agencies into play with different set of rules, read the 911 report and marvel at the non sharing of information, so that the one with the most information can be the hero and claim a bigger budget. It is not going to get better as the world goes electronic, just to give you an idea of the scale of data mining, the projected electricity use at the Utah Data Center is about 42 million dollars per year, you can run a lot of super computers for that money.

      3. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

        Understand completely, and agree 100 percent Ce.

  4. To ALL,
    From: “Newsmax.com”
    “4 VA Secretary Possibilities After Jackson Withdraws”

    By: Joe Papadakis
    Dated: Thursday 26 April 2018

    Here’s the main list;
    1.) Thomas Bowman
    2.) Toby Cosgrove
    3.) Pete Hegseth
    4.) Rick Perry
    At the end of the article, there’s other possibilities.
    I would also suggest reading the “comments section”!

  5. If those employed within the media are performing as true journalists: providing real information in a timely manner with accuracy, brevity, and clarity; ensuring that what they present to the public is in fact substantiated, verifiable, and truthful; making no efforts to influence public opinion through methods that include interjecting their personal opinions or beliefs into their coverage of actual events; staking their professional reputations upon all that they communicate for public consumption; and they are prepared to suffer the consequences if they should fail to abide by the aforementioned standard practices, they have absolutely nothing to worry about regarding any monitoring of their work. Conversely, anyone acting irresponsibly in any form of communications in these perilous times should indeed warrant special attention and the corrective actions that must follow.

      1. Thank you, “Crazy elf” for your kind words regarding my post. You are truly appreciated.

    1. @C. Shanley,

      Concise. Accurate. Powerful. You just won the “Crazed Veterans Wordsmith of the Week” Award . . .

      1. @James Clement,

        Thank you for your kind words and “honorable title” for which I am truly humbled. Be well, Sir!

    2. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ says:

      C. Shanley: Most excellent, great post.

      1. @cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿ ,
        Many thanks to you! Stay motivated for the day that truth and justice shall be provided for all whom have served under arms for our Great Republic!

  6. Sorry Ben, this horse long ago left the barn.

    I agree, its rather unnerving for DHS to be putting together some kind of database on the media. That they mention “influencers” suggests something more than just a news clipping service. That they are concerned about social media or bloggers shows it is not about news clipping mentions of DHS.

    A FOIA should ask about what terms they are using to list someone as an influencer as opposed to some media being useful tools to spread propaganda. Maybe that’s what they are doing. Creating a database of those they know will spread useful information for them, and those who might oppose them.

    As for its impact on the media, I can’t really muster up much sympathy. Not after the media silently watched what happened to James Rosen when Obama targeted him and his family. I can’t muster much sympathy when they still watch Sharyl Atkisson twist in the wind long after she proved Obama’s Intel agencies hacked her home computer and the FBI sits on redacted reports on what happened to her.

    The 1st Amendment free press issue comes with responsibility, and the media long ago pissed away that responsibility when they became willing participants in Ben Rhodes echo chamber to sell Obamas Iran nuclear fiasco to the public.

    1. “What 91Vet had said!”

      ~Could it be the DHS is gonna try to shut down those “sites” spreading information about the “pedophilia” going on worldwide?~

      1. Crazy Elf, I see DHS using it more as the VA uses their spokeshacks…as a way to kill certain stories, or to keep them from gaining any more widespread attention beyond a few local news stories.

        Charles Ingram burning himself to death outside a VA is a good example. Beyond local media, there was not much coverage for such a horrifying act.

        Of course, I would not put it past someone in DHS to block someone from attending any news briefings they give, or refusing to send them press releases, or even blocking or slow-walking a FOIA from them.

        It’s much the same as the Pentagon did during the Clinton years. There was a female reported from the Army Times who would not report on certain stories because she would be barred from Pentagon briefings.

  7. I thought the main push for the Privacy Act of 1974 was that FBI had started monitoring First Ammendment activities of citizens not otherwise under investigation for a crime and keeping a record of the use of those First Ammendment rights? It was my understanding that the whole reason for that Act was to prohibit the gathering of information about how a citizen excersizes their legal First Ammendment rights and all the gobbledygook about who stores what and how in that Act is designed to prevent this?

    If personally identifiable information is being sorted and stored along with how the First Ammendment was being used say on April 26, 2018 then isn’t it prohibited to do this? What am I missing?

    Tell you what, issue a FOIA for your name to see if it pops up with these nitwits and what it is they are spending government money on to store and catalog. Then pull out your Ninja Lawyer Magna Cum Kickbutt and make things right again in Gotham City.

    (Authors note to DHS: Ben made me say nitwit. It’s an old Ninja lawyer mind trick. Don’t hurt me.)

    1. The thing that troubles me about the Dr. Jackson nomination, is where is the evidence, who are the accusers, what are their names, and background? And personally i believe if your a emergency medical doctor, then your going to be prescribing a lot of medicine for pain. I know if i’m in a critical situation or have a critical wound please by all means get the candy man. And you know these elite staffers, you tell them to get to work, to do their job, and they think your fuckin with em, there’s a difference, is that what they mean by hostile work enviroment?

      1. I haven’t seen any evidence that proves any allegation. Hell even that worthless bastard Tester had to admit none of the allegations were proven, but that didn’t stop him from spreading his little Democrat generated list of lies to anyone media organization that would print them.

        This is what I meant by the media pissing away their responsibility under the 1st Amendment. Not a one of them said they should wait to see proof rather than just running with rumors that are little more than what is written on the shithouse wall. The media should have demanded proof, such as any documentation of his wrecking a government vehicle which should be easily proven…but they joined in the destruction because it fits their agenda, and veterans are not a part of that agenda.

        But the precedent has been set now. The Democrats on any committee can just type up a list of rumors and smear any nominee to keep their hold on the swamp, and the RINOs like Isakson will go along with it to protect their cronies.

        …and Little Cox took another bite from his donut.

      2. march hare, 91Veteran, Rosie and all others.
        Those 20 unnamed sources were military service personnel!
        Like I said before, their names had better stay “unnamed”!
        One has got to realize, Admiral Jackson probably has a great deal of friends ALL over the place!
        “I pity the fool” who’s name is released! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

  8. From: “CNN POLITICS”
    “Ronny Jackson withdraws as VA secretary nominee!”

    By: Clare Foran, Juana Summers and Jeremy Diamond CNN.
    Updated 8:21 AM EDT Thu. April 26, 2018

    This is a long article with at least three videos.
    The “Swamp” did their job!

  9. The First Amendment is the most important, that’s why it’s the first, the fountain head of all others.

    1. march hare,
      The “Second Amendment” protects ALL the others in our “Constitution and Bill of Rights!”
      It also “protects the citizens of America against a dictatorial government!”
      “We the People” need to understand, our Republic is under attack by unscrupulous people! Who will stop at nothing to subjugate us! And, in my opinion, they’ve got a good start on doing just that!

      1. You right crazy elf their all important, every last one, and we as citizen’s should never give up any of our rights under any condition, because their not going to give those freedoms back, it will be a struggle for future generations too get those protections back. We should/need too take back our radio frequency spectrum from the lying media company’s and their dishonest subversion If homeland is creating this big data base then they should know, and should know by now, who’s doing the real subverting, and it ain’t us. I guess i’m a little biased towards the first amendment. If we can’t speak out as a people we got nothing. If you can’t make your voice heard when they want to take that right away, they’ll fill the air waves with bullshit and take it, their can be no effective push back

      2. Got that right, Elf!

        A powerful lot this nation needs to learn from history. Rather than make shit up as we bump along . . .

        Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

        Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

        First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Socialist.

        Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Jew.

        Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

        That principle has a place in our nation NOW. Too damn bad our nation’s “leader’s” do not have the cojones to understand, follow, and enact in an honest manner.

    1. Fucking Swamp Rats won again…and are now having Bloody Mary’s rest of morning in celebration with ratty claws clicking in anticipation of their gravy boat continue to overfloweth.

    2. I hear ya Nam!

      I can not speak for anyone else, but I am fully fed up with Congress continually presenting like an entitled group of spoiled toddlers. I found both transcripts links to have interesting points.
      Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 8:35 AM EDT
      April 26, 2018, 12:17 AM

      1. He (Tester) is milking his 15 minutes ad nauseam!

        ” “These are false accusations they’re trying to destroy a man,” said Mr. Trump. The president also warned that Sen. Tester would have a “big price to pay” for his comments on Jackson, saying it’s “going to cause him a lot of problems in his state.”
        “The kind of things he was saying, there’s no proof of this, he’s got a perfect record, unblemished,” said Mr. Trump of Jackson. “For him to be doing to this to this man and his family, Jon Tester has to have a big price to pay in Montana.”
        {{Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 8:51 AM EDT
        Tester released a statement on Jackson’s withdrawal on Thursday, urging Congress to continue its investigation into the White House Medical Unit.
        “I want to thank the servicemembers who bravely spoke out over the past week. It is my Constitutional responsibility to make sure the veterans of this nation get a strong, thoroughly vetted leader who will fight for them. The next Secretary must have a commitment to reform a strained health care system and a willingness to stand up to special interests who want to privatize the VA. My sleeves are rolled up and ready to work with Chairman Isakson to vet and confirm a Secretary who is fit to run the VA.”}}”

      2. Rosie – First – I will not defend the attack made on Jackson. Real or otherwise, it was a hatchet job. He got caught up in a political mess and might have had just enough fuzz on his lapel to get him attacked. Basically, he was swapped for Pompeo. A couple of pricks on the committee took their orders from majority leaders and whips who were playing tit for tat – dis for dat –

        Besides – the VA is on autopilot anyway. The Casino Cruise Ship VA has a really big till, so it doesn’t really need a tiller. Money flows in at the behest of brethren, and the money flows out to the friends of brethren.

      3. @Windguy
        You’ll get no argument from me!
        There is always a lot of dirt beneath the surface.

      4. @Windguy
        Admiral Jackson inspired hope for real change to the DVA in my view. Congress has played dirty pool on this one. The thing that rankles my nerves beyond redemption, is the veteran community being fed hope of any sort, only to have it yanked away.

      5. Rosie,
        This morning, going to the VA, it’s reported Admiral Jackson is up “…for his second star!” Gotta feeling he’s going to have a hard time getting it.
        Secondly, while at the VA, heard some ass-wipes talking about how their glad Jackson dropped out. Because, (in their opinions), he’d be “privatizing the VA!”

        That’s the reason! That’s why the “obstructionist Democrats” and VSO’s decided to slam Admiral Jackson!
        Well, now we know!
        Oh, and those “unnamed sources”, who happen to be “military members”! They better make sure their names are NEVER published!!!!!!!!

    3. Damn shame. What’s even worse is that now because of the bullshit smear campaign against him, the Admiral will suffer twice. The Navy has its own brand of politics – – – and all that false information that is out there – – – will make it EXTREMELY difficult, if not IMPOSSIBLE for him to be promoted.

      Again,Damn Shame! Next to Commander John Wells – – – Jackson was probably the best chance veterans had at seeing any real reform at the VA. Damn sure the citizenry of this nation are not going to get off their asses and do anything. Most of them cannot even pay attention to anything if it takes longer than a thirty second soundbite, or a minute or two of video – – – to explain things to them.

      1. Hey Jim,
        Bookworm that you are, you might find this one a good read: “The Hellfire Club”, by Jake Tapper. It is a novel, but…

      2. @Rosie – – – Thanks for the suggestion. Will add it to my ever-growing list. It will be 25 – 30 down the line. Haven’t read any fiction for over three years now. I find that reading engages the mind quite much unlike the television which I avoid as much as I can.

  10. Yesterday I read an article, can’t remember the source, about how “…80+% of Americans…” believe we’re slowly losing our “Constitutional Rights”!
    Another article was out saying, (paraphrasing), If anyone criticises the news medias, it will be taken as “terroristic threats”!
    This looks to me as a complete all out war on our Constitutional Republic! There’s a lot at stake here! “Globalists” want complete control of the world!

    The only problem I see is; How many leaders are willing to run the world?

    Throughout history, a small bands of people have tried to “conquer the world”! And yet, sooner or later, another “set of conquerors” comes along and spoils it!
    Creating “cyclical war”, ie; One war after another!
    The “people”, tired of being subjugated into any form of slavery, rise up and take back that which is a “God Given Right” – “FREEDOM!”

    There’s an old saying: (I’m not sure if I’ve got the words right) –
    “Are you willing to die on your feet, or live on your knees?”

    Lastly, it was reported yesterday, MORE individuals, on ALL sides of the aisles, are realising how our government is slowly striping everyone of our basic freedoms.

    I’m going to stop here, for now!

    1. Elf, lost our rights locally a very long time ago. The ‘machinery’ and evil networks and agendas are firmly in place here.. with more to come.

      Admiral Jackson withdrew. The communist and brain dead aren’t only attacking the Trumpster admin but slapping every military person and veteran out there right in the face, and more than once. Turning the cheek or NOT filling the streets with our own marches or protest should cease. Time for some freaking action and grouping up…. if at all possible. DHS be damned. Just another example of the games being played in circus maximus and how little they care about us or the dying. Or the already dead trying to get some attention to the many wrongs going on that must not have had much impact on the DC clowns. I guess we are to allow them to die in vain also.

  11. “Somebody’s Watching Me”- by band Rockwell

    “”Somebody’s Watching Me”

    Who’s watching?
    Tell me who’s watching
    Who’s watching me?

    I’m just an average man, with an average life
    I work from nine to five; hey hell, I pay the price
    All I want is to be left alone in my average home
    But why do I always feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone, and

    I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    And I have no privacy
    Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    Tell me is it just a dream?

    When I come home at night
    I bolt the door real tight
    People call me on the phone I’m trying to avoid
    Well, can the people on TV see me
    Or am I just paranoid?

    When I’m in the shower
    I’m afraid to wash my hair
    ‘Cause I might open my eyes
    And find someone standing there
    People say I’m crazy
    Just a little touched
    But maybe showers remind me of
    “Psycho” too much
    That’s why

    I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    And I have no privacy
    Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    Who’s playing tricks on me?

    Who’s watching me?
    I don’t know anymore
    Are the neighbors watching?
    Who’s watching?
    Well, it’s the mailman watching me
    (Tell me who’s watching me)
    And I don’t feel safe anymore
    Oh, what a mess I wonder who’s watching me now
    (Who?) the IRS?

    I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    And I have no privacy
    Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    Tell me it is just a dream

    I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    And I have no privacy
    Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    Who’s playing tricks on me?

    I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me
    Tell me it can’t be
    I always feel like somebody’s watching me “– Rockwell

    1. Another good one Namnibor, The Beatles “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) Anthology2

    2. “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dtk3VW8MDI” This was in year ‘1984’, coincidentally.

      1. Nah, pretty sure we’re all aboard the exact same off the rails crazy train the VA leaves in it’s wake of world class healthcare. On a train, only the tracks really lead where all else just flows, not follows.
        Gravity and physics do the rest…

    3. Then there’s the otherwise horrible song by Sly and the Family Stone – “Somebody’s Watching You”, which, in my day became “DIRNSA Is Watching You” – Directorate, NSA..

      Same shit – different decade. New cannons and fodder.

    1. NCRenegade
      Is the U.S. government evil?

      You tell me.

      This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once they’ve outgrown their usefulness.

      This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and then discarded and left to suffer from the after-effects.

      This is a government that repeatedly lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims, enslaves, breaks the laws, overreaches its authority, and abuses its power at almost every turn.

      This is a government that wages wars for profit, jails its own people for profit, and then turns a blind eye and a deaf ear while its henchmen rape and kill and pillage.

      No, this is not a government that can be trusted to do what is right or moral or humane or honorable but instead seems to gravitate towards corruption, malevolence, misconduct, greed, cruelty, brutality and injustice.

      This is not a government you should trust with your life, your loved ones, your livelihood or your freedoms.

      This is the face of evil, disguised as a democracy, sold to the people as an institution that has their best interests at heart.

      Don’t fall for the lie.

      The government has never had our best interests at heart.

      1. After reading this I caught myself thinking of Jefferson and Adams, and the “conversation” they woud be enduring.

      2. For sure Indiana since the early seventies has turned it’s back on the Constitution and some of people targeted as enemies of some corrupt agenda or mafia family out there. Locally it does no good to go to any kind of town meetings. A white man can get killed here and it didn’t make the news but a cat or dog story will. And to this day local media refuses to report on some incidents and facts. Guess Terre Haute, In., has been a jump ahead on the censoring and control games equal to that of California I thought WAS worse than us, but not so today.

        Local paper years ago, around twenty or so, came out and proclaimed news would be filtered through the city to see what was ‘fit for public consumption or not.” Not a peep from the local sheep and I was called “crazy” for claiming to read or question such an article or claim from the local rag. And told, again, that everything the city and their attorneys and politicians do “is Constitutional.” And made aware that the Preamble is not part of our Constitutional rights. But the local illegals and others can use it well enough for their purposes.

        The list of wrong doing and corrupt practices here are endless:
        No due process in the courts or depending on who you are whether you see some justice. No recording here allows them to get by with whatever they desire and us totally defenseless and unable to protect ourselves or get some proof or info.

        No legal aid or attempting to get one set of professionals to go up against the others. IE attorneys, MDs, dentist, companies, states AG, prosecutors, ABA/BAR, Chambers of Commerce, Freemasons, unions, state agencies/boards, etc.

        People are too afraid to be witnesses to some event due to fearing the corrupt rogue police or any of the family mafias in the state or town.

        No one, no agency, will help over VA or medical linked issues, none.

        How many people does anyone know who have been literally harassed and chased away from a hospital’s care or clinic in combination? Breaking every HIPPA law out there? Passing around medical info and private phone number to be used in their activism in combination with calls from the VA hospital area. Or being passed around for all other union trash or activist to call or harass. Utility companies included, full circle activism and hate. Nice huh.

        No journalist or politicians want involved in local concerns just like the VSOs don’t care about justice, honor, or our rights. There is no one here to help with any form of abuse, violations of rights, illegal stops, searches, or threats. No one to turn to for any information, aid, support, safety, at all…. none. Even businesses around town must have my/our names on a list to ignore or mess with, or charge extra over. Call a plumber in for an emergency and they never show, call another one, same thing… it doesn’t take much to know why this happens trying to do business in a community like this, or a state.

        They refuse to report on teen or veteran suicides here like the high ass cancer rates locally or about any form of corruption. No negatives allowed, period. No real news or info allowed…period. No questions allowed period. Political meets coming up for the public… no questions will be provided for, already been planned, so don’t dare ask them an unscripted question. So what’s the use to go? Especially when all running are due to nepotism and corrupt as hell. I may sit this vote out. No one to vote for locally but the corrupt, college, Marxist, fascist and mafia family picks.

        The mighty ACLU won’t come here and help in their supported far left wing community.

        So what are people to do? Seems to me the lack of change and progress shows my state and town must not be the only one that has been flushed down to the cesspool and no way out. I can’t get anyone, no professionals, ‘anyone’ to go stand with me a bit and video my protest signs and my ugly broken down ass out trying to draw some attention to this communist corrupt state and village. Gotta try to do it with a photo stick and my own cell phone since the fear is so rampant here. Then I just have to worry about the property while I am away from it. Yeah, great living in the new America.

        “Sixty Minutes” to “Project Veritas” and others don’t seem to want to come here and expose this Gaza Strip or Soviet Union styled living either. I guess it will be one against a couple hundred thousand corrupt scum-bags, sheepsters and cowards.

      3. Bullseye! No Maggie’s Drawers that one. Mind if I incorporate a modified, edited version of that into my rant? Good ideas are. And so is truth.

        Funny thing, at the Horror House the other day. Was asked my opinion about what I thought should be done with the VA to improve conditions for veterans by a young lassie from one of the local independent web media outlets. Gave her my published rant verbatim.

        The look of shock, horror and disbelief upon her face . . .

        Made my day!

        Semper Fi.

  12. Tin foil hat. It’s just not that sci fi woo woo stuff any longer. Funny thing that is the only cheap device or Faraday/shield like cages to keep mind altering or influences from outside sources to plant weird things in our brain like we’ve discussed out here before. All those high tech sci fi type equipment and frequencies used to mess with peoples grey matter. Long time in use. So the real joke is on those calling us hat wearers (for imagery) cautious, *aware, or paranoid-like types ‘crazy.’ It just shows their level of awareness, knowledge, and what side of the patriot isle they sit on. Probably some Flat Earthers too spewing more crap at us if we don’t believe the way they want us to. CIA crap to begin with to use on the sheep. Duh.

    Why did reports come out about wealthy people or those like Steve Jobs not allowing high tech/wireless in their ‘real homes?’ Little known reports like the upper classes not allowing their kids to get addicted to cell phones, gaming, or watch TV much. But it’s all okay and promoted, like ‘eat cake/bread’ for the masses living under them.

    Guess people aren’t really listening to what the Trumpster and his gang are saying or doing behind the scenes like updating, supporting, and going along with Obummers and Bush’s domestic terrorist laws and far-reaching info gathering… including we who dare speak out against wrongs in this country, the corrupt governments… or just for being “veterans.” Oh, and merely passing along the kind of information and news we do, or some of us few do. So the grand Trumpster and his admin is our friend and hope huh? Barf. Just another warmongering shit head lying wealthy freak puppet of the deep-state. Played a good game of bait n’ switch while those on his band-wagon continue to lick his boots and believe in his hype.

    Locally it’s DHS handing out/over seeing grants to schools? Grants? Tax dollars? Like I needed to be told, a few at the VA mentioned us being under total VA/DHS/NDAA rule. DHS does in fact, rules the entire roost today… every damn thing – everything- including our health care, all property, and flow of information. They nor Trump or locals are doing a damn thing about attacks on us, the hard censoring, or helping with any number of our issues that should be easy fixes under the Constitution and laws.

    I am told the law, gov, phone companies, etc., can do absolutely nothing about harassing and threatening phone calls. Imagine that. What would happen to me if I did the same stuff to Trumpster, some local cop, teacher, or communist leader??? My ass would be tracked and in a FEMA like camp or dead.

    Compare the Communist Manifesto, Marx, Stalin, Trilateral Commission agendas/planks, United Nation’s agendas, etc., to what is going on today and being taught to kiddies in academia. Now it’s LGGTQABCD at Kindergarten level up, or the want of. Huh? Yep, I didn’t studder. Some local idiots wanting to try to get sex ed and teach anal fun to toddlers now???? But I am an enemy of all???? Or for believing in a Constitutional *Republic?* Not a Democratic Communist fascist nation. Under either political party.

    Ahem: Changes in about everything out there. Email changes ‘merging’ with other groups, Huffington Post, several others… called “OATH,” changing TOS to keep their services after years of use or be dropped or blacked out unless agreed on. Oh the censoring and changes are to protect our security, privacy, and from prying eyes or hackers. LOL

    Firefox joining with Soros.. openly.

    Hasn’t the news even reported about those super computers and secret agencies having the ability to capture and keep anything we type or say on communication devices or from new “Smart” junk? What does it take for some sheep to wake the hell up? Oh it must be what they used to repeat on the news since Walter Cronkite. “Good thing the public has short memories which is used by media/government while others simply don’t care.” Paraphrased the best I can recollect.

    FB and others still doing their censoring, face scans, etc. Congress didn’t change his ways did they?

    Search engines censoring like crazy. More book/info banning, etc. Don’t dare mention Israel or their claims… our masters. Or want an end to the middle East warring. Oy vey!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and their agents are called in to train local academics and teachers about fighting off shooters and urban warfare, the public is not invited or to ask questions about tactics used or what is to come??? Allies?

    Bill Gates and others wanting to launch 500 plus spy satellites at the same time Trump the puke and his Israeli friends want to do the Space Troopers things and taking war time shit up in our atmosphere to poison the hell out of us more. The world isn’t enough now they want to control the universe and space. LOL Like there isn’t enough spy and litter crap up there already.

    More cameras going up all over. More so-called far reaching ‘weather cams’ that can zero into backyards miles away. What do they need ‘weather cams’ for just a couple miles apart? Bet they have plenty of circle jerks at the media stations spying on people and dorm rooms.

    Plus we can’t record anything if we walk into the courthouse, a court, or police station now?? Or record them out in the streets, but we can be without question anywhere we go. Ahem, isn’t their property the people’s property and what do they want or need to hide from the public? They ask us if we have nothing to hide why worry. Well, back at them in triplicate. They don’t work for us today for sure, obviously. I know well, how about all the other sheep out there not giving a damn and trusting in the powers that be? Sad days. We are in deep crap to our necks, no way out.

  13. Spies, Spies, we’re all a bunch of Spies!
    Tin Foil Hat wearing conspiracy theorists need not apply
    Our Government’s F’d up, and the media lies
    Can’t you see we’re just a nation of smartphone spies?

    And the sign said, High and Tight haircut Jarheads
    Need not apply.
    So I pulled my locked and loaded Colt
    And shot the Asshole in his eye.
    I’ve given my homeland nation everything I have, can’t you see?
    Of course you can’t! Imagine that! You work for the AFGE . . .

    Signs, Signs! Everywhere there’s signs.
    When the revolution comes, it’ll blow your mind.
    Stand by, America. You’re not reading the signs . . .

    Apology to the Five Man Electrical Band, and Les Emmerson

    1. One benefit of a tin foil hat is they keep the VSO’s away because they’re not the right kind of shiny.

    2. And today’s Lyrical Mash Award goes to??? JC. Let’s hear it for JC… Weird Al Yankabit has nothing on you.

    1. You must be new, Ranger11bv, whoever you are… I write about issues that I believe are relevant to veterans, not just about veterans benefits. How might restriction of the First Amendment and tracking of veterans groups, journalists who write about veterans issues, or individuals with a following, eventually impact veterans?

    2. Ranger11bv now that you have posted here on this known… should I say it? …veteran advocate’s (hushed silence fills federal buildings across the land as people freeze in fear at mention of those two words) blog site you too will be added to the list of known associates of Ben. Isn’t that just poetic circumstance?

      How will this affect your disability? Not at all if you just cooperate… Fritz will be in contact soon. The code phrase is “Protocol T4”. Bring a bar of chocolate and no sudden moves.

    3. How?

      That Big Brother may be using “homeland security” as a guise to conduct surveillance on and/or silence people and/or websites (like Mr. Krause’s website), that provide us with very useful information about our claims and the people who process them (the VA) – which the VA and Big Brother don’t want you to know of.

      Case in point, Mr. Krause, like two weeks ago, posted a court ruling regarding a years old and current VA practice of making determinations on our claims w/o considering the impact of “pain” (instead of “range of motion”)…

      I have YET to receive a Tweet and/or notification from the VA and/or Isaakson’s VA useless Committee on this court decision – which IMO, is flippin’ important and should be sent out to all veterans.

    4. It affects your disability in the same way that current conditions (and future trends) on the ground in Hawaii affect my level of disgruntlement. Again, you fall short and miss the mark.

      I saw not a single tag in the post that said “Disability”.

      Remember this: It is Ben’s Blog. No one forced you to come and read his words. I have found more useful information on this blog provided by young Benjamin and others too numerous to mention, that has helped me in my dealings with the VA/AFGE machine.

      Now I ask you? Do you REALLY think that the VA would have given me that info freely and willingly?

      Not a perfect world, but as long as folks like Ben (and many others on this board) exist – – – we have a shot at making it better for ALL veterans. How? Because facts not feelings are the weapons that must be used in any venue in which a veteran may reasonably hope to obtain a small measure of justice.

      Stick around. Over time, you’ll learn a lot.

      Disgruntled Veteran
      1973 – 1976 USMC
      1978 – 1993 USN

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