Bennie Thompson – People need to know if DHS is monitoring them

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s practice of monitoring social media services could lead to abuse and could discourage U.S. residents from speaking out against the government, several lawmakers said Thursday.

Still, some subcommittee members called on DHS to examine whether the monitoring program is needed. “The public must be confident that interacting with DHS, a website, a blog or Facebook will not result in surveillance or a compromise of constitutionally protected rights,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.

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2/16/12