DHS to roll out disease outbreak surveillance grid to spy on health of Americans
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, September 13, 2013
Naturally, the government is passing it off as a necessity – something that it must do in order to keep the nation safe. But what it really amounts to is just another massive surveillance scheme.
In continuing former Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Gestapo-like police state, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs wants to keep tabs on reported outbreaks of infectious diseases worldwide. To do so, the DHS agency “plans to contract with a small business to provide a ‘real-time data feed,’ drawn from at least 25,000 online sources, on a 24/7 basis, with its content updated at least hourly,” according to Government Security News (GSN).
This new data feed (our government loves its “data feeds,” doesn’t it?) will be delivered in RSS format and will provide the Feds a means of sharing said information throughout the government, as well as outside of it, when it is doing so “for U.S. government purposes,” says a small business set-aside solicitation that was issued by DHS Sept. 3.
“Through management of the Department’s operational biodefense programs, including the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC), [the office of health affairs] conducts biosurveillance activities to enable early warning and situational awareness of acute biological events and support better decisions through rapid identification, characterization, localization, and tracking,” the solicitation says.
Okay, but what is the CDC for?