Fed Program to “Monitor Conversations” Is Intimidation Tactic
US Army was monitoring protests against Federal Reserve in 2008
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, September 26, 2011
The blogosphere has exploded with interest over the Federal Reserve’s move to follow in the footsteps of the Obama campaign’s “Attack Watch” by monitoring and identifying its critics, but many seem to have missed the obvious intention of the announcement – it’s an intimidation tactic designed to chill dissent.
As Zero Hedge explains, the Federal Reserve, “Is requesting the creation of a “Social Listening Platform” whose function is to “gather data from various social media outlets and news sources.” It will “monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria.” The Fed’s desired product should be able to “determine the sentiment [ED:LOL] of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document”… “The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc.” Most importantly, the “Listening Platform” should be able to “Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers.”
If the Federal Reserve was really that concerned about what people on the Internet were saying about it, then this program would have been launched several years ago, and not after a heap of vitriol has already been spewed.
The announcement that the Fed is monitoring dissent and attempting to identify individual bloggers is little more than an intimidation tactic designed to chill anti-Fed rhetoric and make people think twice before they criticize the private, run for profit entity that poses as a part of the government yet is no more federal than Federal Express.
Intimidation has been the name of the game when it comes to the Fed for years before this announcement was made.