FACT CHECK: Is Homeland Security Working to Compile a Database of Journalists and Bloggers?
On 3 April 2018, a solicitation for services posted by the United States Department of Homeland Security appeared on the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities website — a system that allows private contractors to bid on providing goods or services to the United States government. That solicitation (displayed in full below), titled “Media Monitoring Services,” seeks a contractor to create a searchable database of information about journalists, social media “influencers,” and media outlets …
Source: FACT CHECK: Is Homeland Security Working to Compile a Database of Journalists and Bloggers?
I began this blog in 2010 in the interest of saving my own and other innocent lives, and in the interest of securing justice for everyone the justice system has trampled rather than served. It is my second such blog.
People who are fighting for their lives (or others affected by the denial of due process and/or relief and redress) are not public personages by choice, which means we aren’t public personages at all … we remain private citizens, although not ordinary private citizens. We do seek a public audience, but for our own and others protection and restoration, not for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
We’re already under fire from the mainstream media, which apparently can’t distinguish between justice seekers and fame seekers. Some broadcasters and publications refuse to correct misstatements about domestic violence victims, survivors of massacres, survivors of false incarcerations, etc. No one who has been harmed by our justice system and denied a remedy should be further harmed by the media and again denied a remedy, only to have the federal government – the Department of Homeland Security – decide we need to be tracked and scrutinized by their personnel.
Media misstatements lead of private citizens seeking justice lead to social media harassment. There’s an increasing number of examples every day on Twitter.
Successful suits to remedy slander, libel or harassment of private citizens seeking justice and safety and restoration would inspire an affection for facts in the mainstream media, an affinity for civil discourse on social media, and circumspection in governmental undertakings all around. They would make our union more perfect, which makes them rather necessary, per the Preamble to our Constitution:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
There’s only one place that the Constitution lets us down abysmally, to my knowledge: it allows the convicted to be forced to work for no compensation, which is slavery. It’s the stuff of nightmares, especially for incarcerated innocents and exonerees, whose nightmares make mine look like Christmas parties.
We need civil immunities from prosecution to go away. We need “false light” immunities for the media from being sued for their unwillingness to distinguish between fame seekers and justice seekers. And we will get these things when we have a president who appoints qualified leaders who can not only stay in their own lanes, but transform them into highways that serve us all, instead of paving over most of us.
Stuck here in this place full of steel.
The money didn’t get me no deal.
Time, this time the time is for real.
How could this be happening to me.
Why why why why me?
I could not do that, no not me.
You got the wrong guy don’t you see?
I would not do that let me be I told you the truth.
Set me free. no, no, no, no not me.
You, You were a bad boy you’re gonna do the time you’re lawyer wasn’t good enough, jail time – a big fine. your hairs too long, your clothes are too dirty, if it was up to me I would give you more then thirty. how do you think that we’re gonna live? We’re gonna squeeze your money your gonna have to give. When you’re all dried up we’re gonna feel better. If the systems at fault, you can always send a letter.
Help, I must be in a bad dream and
Now, now you can see what I mean.
Help, help, hell help me
Time passes so fast, I never felt so low.
Hope I’m gonna last, where did it all go?
I’ve been in this trap for so long.
How can we let the monster go on?
Don’t forget me another day…
In the end we all have to pay.
Free, free, free, free me.
Joseph Simnovec 2010