DHS announces plan to illegally scan emails, web traffic for ‘homeland security’
by: J. D. Heyes
Saturday, March 23, 2013
When the Department of Homeland Security was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, nothing was said – at least publicly – that the newly formed agency would be permitted to operate outside of the confines of the U.S. Constitution. And yet, as time has passed, DHS has become the poster child of constitutional abuses, and of course, all in the name of safety and security.
The latest assault would shred what is left of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age under a proposal that will allow DHS snoops to scan all Internet traffic that flows into and out of defense contractors, which would include a much greater number of the nations’ private, civilian-operated infrastructure.
Per NBC News: “As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks.”