Does Obama plan to spy on social-networking sites?

posted at 9:30 am on September 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Today’s rumor of presidential overreach starts at the National Legal and Policy Center and the Drudge Report, which has launched a slew of e-mails about official spying on social-networking sites.  The NLPC found an RFP from FedBizOpps, the site that publishes all opportunities to do business with the federal government, that offers a contract for a company to collate data from the Internet. Is Big Brother upon us?

NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites.

The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.”

In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation # WHO-S-09-0003, it is posted at FedBizzOps.com. Click here to download a 51-page pdf of the solicitation.

While the solicitation specifies a 12-month contract, it allows for seven one-year extensions. It specifies no dollar cap.

I’m not sure that highlighting a public contract offer amounts to “uncovering” a conspiracy, especially since their analysis turns out to be faulty.  Contrary to NLPC’s take, the contractor would be collecting data required to be kept by the White House — by law.  The RFP’s language is a bit dry but perfectly clear:

1. Purpose

The purpose of this Statement of Objectives (SOO) is to obtain the necessary services to ensure that content published by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) on publicly-accessible web sites is archived in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA), that information posted on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence is archived in accordance with the PRA, and that all archived information is securely stored and provided to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for historical preservation, in accordance with the PRA.

2. Scope

The contractor shall provide the necessary services to capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA maintains a presence, throughout the term of the contract. The contractor shall if possible, capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on non-public websites. The contractor shall include in the information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence both comments posted on pages created by EOP and messages sent to EOP accounts on those web sites. Publicly-accessible sites may include, but are not limited to social networking sites. The contractor shall provide a user-friendly way of organizing and searching captured information. The contractor shall properly transfer the captured information, as identified by EOP, to NARA in an acceptable format for both preservation in NARA’s Electronic Records Archive and presentation at the future Presidential Library. The Contractor shall provide a method to separate content posted by other EOP component offices as required.

The Presidential Records Act (PRA) essentially requires each administration to keep every pixel and keystroke ever published for later review by Congress or investigators, in case illegal activity takes place.  We have seen this invoked ex post facto to the Clinton and Bush administrations, in the latter over e-mails sent and received outside the White House mail system.  At that time, legal experts and investigators insisted that everything produced by an administration for anything remotely concerning official business had to be archived within the EOP.

A more careful reading of this RFP shows that to be the project.  The contract directs the contractor to archive the “information posted on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence“, including social networking sites like MySpace, Twitter, and so on.  It doesn’t call for everything on those networks to be archived, but only “information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP maintains a presence[,] both comments posted on pages created by EOP and messages sent to EOP accounts on those web sites.”  In other words, the archiving will include interaction on EOP websites and pages, but not anything else.

The reason this has seven potential one-year follow-ons is because the administration has to do this constantly through its term in office.  They may only need three follow-ons, if we’re lucky.  The White House has presumably set this up as a yearly contract to ensure good performance, ie, to keep the contractor’s feet to the fire.  The EOP has to comply with the PRA at all times, regardless of the money involved.  I’m a little surprised they’re going with a fixed-price bid rather than cost-plus, as I’m not sure anyone will have a good handle on how much this will all cost.

Which brings us to the common-sense check on the rumor.  How much time and resources would it take to effectively monitor every entry on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and every blog in the blogosphere?  And to do that secretly, while archiving all of it?  The NSA would have to take that on full time, and even then … best of luck just keeping up with the archiving, let alone surveillance.

If the PRA really requires all of the effort this RFP details, maybe it’s time to revisit it.  But this is nothing more than a big, pointless archiving project, one which may stimulate the economy of a handful of people, but otherwise inconsequential.  There are a lot of good reasons to be worried about the Obama administration, but this doesn’t appear to be one of them.

Update: Yid with Lid was concerned about paragraph 12.1, Restriction against Disclosure, which he thought meant that the entire program was secret:

12.1 Restriction Against Disclosure

12.1.2 The Contractor agrees, in the performance of this task order, to keep the information disclosed to the Contractor, or information contained in the source documents furnished by the EOP or otherwise obtained in the course of its employment in the strictest confidence, said information being the sole property of the EOP. The Contractor also agrees not to publish, reproduce or otherwise divulge such information, in whole or in part, in any manner or form, nor authorize or permit others to do so, taking reasonable measures as are necessary to restrict access to the information, while in his or her possession, to those employees who must have the information to perform the work provided herein on a ―need-to-know‖ basis, and agrees to immediately notify the Contracting Officer in writing in the event the Contractor determines, or has reason to suspect, a breach of this requirement. The Contractor is responsible for ensuring all employees involved in the performance of this task order sign a ―Non-Disclosure Agreement‖ (See Attachment 1). The Contractor shall provide an original copy of each signed statement to the Contracting Officer prior to each employee beginning work.

Having been involved in government contracting in the past, I recognize this as standard boilerplate.  Note that the paragraph doesn’t say that the entire program will be kept secret; it says that the contractor is not free to disseminate information provided to it by the EOP in the course of the program.  Nothing in this document even suggests that the program will have a security classification.  You’ll see language like this in every government contract, and many if not most private contracts as well.

Stop the ACLU may have a point about ACLU hypocrisy, but considering how badly this got overblown, I’m not sure it sticks.


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Yes.

maverick muse on September 2, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Slippery slope meets cliff edge.

Fletch54 on September 2, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Yes.

Also, not sure if there’s any connection here, but I’m suddenly getting belligerent Twitter responses from complete strangers when I post critical links or comments about the Obama administration. It’s like they’re out there scouring Twitter for opposing viewpoints and posting accusations of “right-wing domestic terrorism” in order to do Alinsky-style damage control.

Daggett on September 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

He may not, but he sure as heck would if he thought he could get away with it.

t.ferg on September 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM

I’m still more concerned how those e-mail addresses were used when the filthy liar was encouraging people to rat out their neighbors.

highhopes on September 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM

I’m still more concerned how those e-mail addresses were used when the filthy liar was encouraging people to rat out their neighbors.

highhopes on September 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.

/

artist on September 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM

It’s like they’re out there scouring Twitter for opposing viewpoints and posting accusations of “right-wing domestic terrorism” in order to do Alinsky-style damage control.

Daggett on September 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

You’ve got to admit, the filthy liar in the White House has the most impressive propaganda machine since Hitler.

highhopes on September 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Absolutely! He targeting the kids…

Read yesterdays post about the Sept 8 Obamadan School Day BroadCast

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

There are a lot of good reasons to be worried about the Obama administration, but this doesn’t appear to be one of them.

everything this administration does needs to be scrutinized, they can not be trusted, they prove that on a regular basis.

SHARPTOOTH on September 2, 2009 at 9:39 AM

There are a lot of good reasons to be worried about the Obama administration, but this doesn’t appear to be one of them.

Couch.

As if this administration doesn’t already have a blacklist of names, laser-like focus, and the cyber-ware in place with Obatomized staff, DHS and more newly configured legislation to enable a fascist government.

But apologists are not worried.

maverick muse on September 2, 2009 at 9:39 AM

What makes anyone think he’s not already spying on the networking sites? He WON, you know?

Fishoutofwater on September 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Gee. Color me surprised.

No wonder he is flaming out in the polls.

tru2tx on September 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.

/

artist on September 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM

OK. I doubt Barry provides our country any benefit. Is that close enough?

Loxodonta on September 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

This may tie into their plan to start detaining “anybody they think might have the swine flu”. Beware, they are going to start targeting people they want to shut up and putting them in quarantine. Remember the detainment camps we heard about a short while ago? This cyber spying ties into it. Beck will be thought to have the flu along with Rush, Levin and the others.

suzyk on September 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

In other words, the archiving will include interaction on EOP websites and pages, but not anything else.

So in other words, if you value your privacy do NOT, repeat do NOT interact with EOP websites and pages.

Christian Conservative on September 2, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Beck will be thought to have the flu along with Rush, Levin and the others.

suzyk on September 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Sorta like the convenient fact that the Lockerbie terrorist just got rushed to the emergency room. How convenient that the whole terrorists for oil scandal is breaking over the British government and the “terminally ill” terrorist suddenly gets sick.

highhopes on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

You never know. They spy on this site don’t they? It’s only reasonable to assume they take the names of people who are active voices against them. It’s an old lefty tactic. The Vietcong used it against the South Vietnamese. When they took over an area, they already knew who the main opinion leaders in a village were, and they were the first to be killed.

Nice knowing you ed.

JiangxiDad on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Of course he does . . . eventually he’ll move all intelligence gathering oversight into the White House and this will be just another valuable resource.

rplat on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

What’s that joke about a bear and the woods again?

Vashta.Nerada on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Hey America,

Obamadan celebrated Ramadan last night at the White House!

I guess thats no reason for alarm either is it?

I’m not ready to apologize for being an American yet!

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Ed misses the point and overestimates the level of effort required to do this. The language in the RFQ is very broad in that content published to a social networking site can be considered a target for archiving simply by being “addressed” to EOP.

As for the level of effort required to do this, the technology is already there and it’s a relatively trivial task to scrape Twitter, Facebook, etc. for keywords.

flipflop on September 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

I have a friend who has a page on the Multiply social networking site and many others. Hes a retired policeman from NYC and he is quite critical of Obarfo. He has received nasty e-mails, threats, his page hits are high and he feels they are monitoring his site now.

I wouldnt be surprised if he was right. I do not trust anyone in this administration.

becki51758 on September 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Which brings us to the common-sense check on the rumor. How much time and resources would it take to effectively monitor every entry on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and every blog in the blogosphere?

Al Gore’s got all the time in the world to do this Ed—inventing the internet was just one of his great talents, along with polar bear counting and buying up jet fuel “credits”.

Rovin on September 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM

There are a lot of good reasons to be worried about the Obama administration, but this doesn’t appear to be one of them.

That’s the problem, though, when you elect a “tabula rasa” candidate. We’re free to project whatever we want onto him and often our first instinct (when something seems “fishy”) is to project the worst. I mean, for Pete’s sake, he’s a politician from Chicago; I started at “suspicious”.

LastRick on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Transparency with a lot of Hope and Change

Hey Nanzi drain the swamp again.

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I’m not trying to be paranoid or one of those conspiracy theorists, but recently, I was in San Antonio TX visiting the grandkids. We drove by this massive facility totally surrounded by fencing similar to that surrounding the White House in DC, except the security cameras and motion sensing devices are in plain view. Here’s whats going on there and it is still under construction.
To be clear, this project began when W was still in the WH, but still . . .

Proud Texan on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

What’s that joke about a bear and the woods again?

Vashta.Nerada on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

If Barry falls in the woods, and nobody listens, does he make a sound?

Loxodonta on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

He refused to participate in the National Day of Prayer and yet he holds a Ramadan Celebration Dinner in the White House. What’s going on here? I’m pretty sure they’re already monitoring conservative websites.

kingsjester on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I told people years ago the way the government will solve the problem of Social Security & Medicare going broke is with a nationwide pandemic that kills more than 1918. By data collection they’ll be able to profile those in particular that are deemed as undesirables, along with the millions killed as collateral damage.

Jeff from WI on September 2, 2009 at 9:51 AM

eventually he’ll move all intelligence gathering oversight into the White House and this will be just another valuable resource.

rplat on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Under an unconfirmed “Twitter Czar.”

highhopes on September 2, 2009 at 9:51 AM

How much time and resources would it take to effectively monitor every entry on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and every blog in the blogosphere?

Also, as someone who’s all-too-familiar with scripts, this task you describe is not as hard as you think. Once you’ve written the spider, it does the work, not you. You’re only as limited as how well you can write the original code.

LastRick on September 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

This…when added to everything else that is coming to light…..can not end well. Wow.

tkinTX on September 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

If Barry falls in the woods, and nobody listens, does he make a sound?

Loxodonta on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Depends if TOTUS is up and running.

highhopes on September 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Ed – I understand this is an RFQ (quotation for solution already designed), not an RFP (proposal for potential system). Perhaps you’re not concerned with any of the following points from the National Legal and Policy Center, but I am:

- Extremely broad secrecy terms preventing the vendor from disclosing to the public or the media what information is being captured and archived (page 7, “Restriction Against Disclosure”)

- Wholesale capturing of comments by non-White House staff on publicly accessible sites

- Capturing of content of any type (text, graphics, audio, or video)

- Capturing of comments by both Obama critics and supporters, with no restriction as to how the White House would use the information.

Saul Alinsky on September 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Hey America,

Obamadan celebrated Ramadan last night at the White House!
bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Bill Clinton had similar “celebrations” using prayer rugs and interns.

Rovin on September 2, 2009 at 9:54 AM

The RFP’s language is a bit dry but perfectly clear:

It doesn’t matter what these people say, what counts is what they do.

Which brings us to the common-sense check on the rumor. How much time and resources would it take to effectively monitor every entry on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and every blog in the blogosphere?

You don’t have to, and probably can not, monitor everything. What matters is identifying connections. People, and posts that are connected. Especially those that are anti-government, anti-obama.

When Obama made a public statement ‘get in their face’, and organized labor started doing exactly that to shutdown opposition to the government, you know all you need to know; there will be war, unless the opposition collapses in the face of overt threat, or the administration dials it back.

Skandia Recluse on September 2, 2009 at 9:54 AM

What’s that joke about a bear and the woods again?

Vashta.Nerada on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I had a yearling black bear in my backyard last month trying to destroy all my bird feeders.

It did what you are musing about. Smelled like a liberal.

Yoop on September 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I’m pretty sure they’re already monitoring conservative websites.

kingsjester on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Gee kj, d’ya think? -_*

thomasaur on September 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM

There are a lot of good reasons to be worried about the Obama administration, but this doesn’t appear to be one of them.

Sorry to differ. Given that their oft-stated goal is to “remake America”, every single thing they do must be disected, scrutinized, and doubted.

When you’ve got a president who is but a Powder Monkey on a ship Captained by a man who knows how to crash a country’s economy, Soros, and a president who also has surrounded himself with radical America haters — throughout his life and now in his presidency — ANYTHING they do is and should be suspect.

TXUS on September 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Hey America,

Obamadan celebrated Ramadan last night at the White House!

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

I had pork chops for dinner last night, in celebration.

Vashta.Nerada on September 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Hey America,

Obamadan celebrated Ramadan last night at the White House!
bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

If Obama cancels all luncheons and fasts during the day, I’d say it might signal his true religion.

Christian Conservative on September 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM

If Barry falls in the woods, and nobody listens, does he make a sound?

Loxodonta on September 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

That’s a trick question. No way would he do anything without an audience. He’d televise it so people WOULD listen.

Daggett on September 2, 2009 at 9:58 AM

JiangxiDad on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

That is why my name is John Doe and my address is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. :)

txaggie on September 2, 2009 at 9:59 AM

From the people who brought us flag@whitehouse.gov?

You betcha.

President Payback has given me no indication that he supports political dissent and every indication that he’d clear the field of it if and when he can.

powerpro on September 2, 2009 at 9:59 AM

thomasaur on September 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Duh. Yeah. It would explain the Troll and Moby storm we’ve been experiencing since the last Open Registration. Sorry. I’m still gazed over from the shear boldness of everything this Administration is doing.

kingsjester on September 2, 2009 at 9:59 AM

If Obama cancels all luncheons and fasts during the day, I’d say it might signal his true religion.

Christian Conservative on September 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Do you have any doubts still?

thomasaur on September 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

glazed, not gazed. See?

kingsjester on September 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

When will the White House start dropping leaflets over cities?

roux on September 2, 2009 at 10:02 AM

How much time and resources would it take to effectively monitor every entry on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and every blog in the blogosphere?

Data scanning utilities can flag “people of interest” like a knife through butter on a summer’s day. They don’t need to monitor everyone. Just their opposition.

LibTired on September 2, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Also from the NLPC article:

Perhaps anticipating negative reaction to the invasiveness of the plan, a justification is provided in a Q&A. section of the solicitation. Question #9 reads:

The Presidential Records Act does not require the storage or archiving of non-EOP content, as such is there a specific reason as to why the content provided on EOP related websites in the form of comments is included in these archiving procedures?

Answer: The PRA includes in its definition of presidential records content ―received by PRA components and personnel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are treating comments made by non-PRA personnel on sites on which a PRA component has a presence as presidential records, requiring them to be captured or sampled.

Of course, this interpretation of the Presidential Records Act is so expansive that virtually any communication mentioning the president or the Administration could become subject to collection and archiving under the Act. This is not out of an “abundance of caution,” but out of an over-abundance of power. President Obama should make sure that this plan goes no further.

petefrt on September 2, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I hope he spies here at HotAir—maybe he can get a few tips from me….

“MICHELLE!”

“What Barack?”

“Is it Wednesday yet?”

“Yes Barack, it’s Wednesday–we are going to Camp David today.”

“Good, these guys at HotAir are eating me for lunch every day for the last month, it’s time for anotha VACATION! Pack my water wings, the clubs, just not the bike helmet–and get that damn helicopter down here.”

ted c on September 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

ACLU to release a statement in A, B, C, D……

LibTired on September 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

With Nutpolitano employed as the Craig Livingstone of Homeland “Security” it is certain she’s been, uh, monitoring Zero’s political opposition ever since her presence disgraced DC.

viking01 on September 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I have a facebook account. I’ve set it up to be as ‘private’ as possible.
Doesn’t that mean it’s private? Nobody can see it, but those whom I allow….am I wrong?

bridgetown on September 2, 2009 at 10:06 AM

I’m pretty sure they’re already monitoring conservative websites.

kingsjester

*click*

Terry_Dyne on September 2, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Communist Czar Van Jones.
Come on. Regardless of printed word, we all know O’s agenda. We just don’t want to believe it.

balkanmom2 on September 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I love Facebook, but never post anything political there. Best to talk politics with total strangers here, as doing so with friends can result in you losing them!

However, more than a few of my FB friends do post political stuff. All to tepid responses. Why bother?

Del Dolemonte on September 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM

If Obama cancels all luncheons and fasts during the day, I’d say it might signal his true religion.

Christian Conservative on September 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM

He is a Muslim. Prove me wrong.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on September 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

OT…speaking of Facebook, just saw a post from a friend…Charlie Watts is quitting the Rolling Stones!

Del Dolemonte on September 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

The truth will set you free

Never fear the truth

Speech without fear

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Charlie Watts is quitting the Rolling Stones!

Why, did he die? Christ, he must be 110.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on September 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM

This data collection is just another BigBro move.
Barry is planning a nationwide address to all school children on September 8. All teachers and students will be allowed to ‘submit’ questions for Barry to answer. Now if this Playground Townhall doesn’t freak you out nothing will.
It has already been announced that students will be taking a census survey to help with the 2010 census. The students are tasked with informing the government of who lives where.

Still not freaked out?

Limerick on September 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM

And, will the appropriate names be forwarded to the IRS? (Don’t tell me it’s not allowed).

OldEnglish on September 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

I wonder if he will be riding his unicorn?

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 10:15 AM

(J) Ability for government employees to tag captures from publicly-accessible websites by arbitrary fields or tags such as office or issue (i.e. OVP or health care).

RFQ NUMBER: WHO-S-09-0003
PAGE 3

[thoughtcrime]

[/thoughtcrime]

Terry_Dyne on September 2, 2009 at 10:15 AM

OK. I doubt Barry provides our country any benefit. Is that close enough?

Loxodonta on September 2, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Perfect! Thank you for the laugh. I needed it.

Mangy Scot on September 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM

And if they monitor Spathi running a thread like he is on the Bachmann Thread, they’ll be sure that we’re all insane.

kingsjester on September 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM

The question of the day:

Will Ed, Allah and crew be willing to go to the gallows before divulging to the government our identities?

Just askin’.

TXUS on September 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM

You never know. They spy on this site don’t they? It’s only reasonable to assume they take the names of people who are active voices against them. It’s an old lefty tactic. The Vietcong used it against the South Vietnamese. When they took over an area, they already knew who the main opinion leaders in a village were, and they were the first to be killed.

Nice knowing you ed.

JiangxiDad on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

This is a chilling. Just suppose you were willing to arrest people, as the East German Police used to, without hurting them but confining them. If I remember my “Lives of Others”
movie, they found that if you were confined for 6 to 10 months and were a creative person, you came out broken. Not mentally, but creatively. Then we have this “Swine Flu” crap, which most people can see is BS, but it has an odd flavor of insistence to it. So you utterly decapitate the Conservative movement by arresting Beck, Rush, MM, and 90,000 others (Dr. Zero, Savage, etc) and confining them. Anyone who speaks out for them was “exposed” as well and joins them. Basically you have decapitated the entire Conservative movement, destroyed the entire “mental” leadership. They are not dead, but when they return, they are changed forever.

The worst part of this is that it has happened before.

GunRunner on September 2, 2009 at 10:17 AM

If Charlie Watts is quitting he probably wants to form a jazz band. That’s been his major interest with the Rolling Stones being his day job in a manner of speaking.

viking01 on September 2, 2009 at 10:18 AM

And, will the appropriate names be forwarded to the IRS? (Don’t tell me it’s not allowed).

OldEnglish

Extract the data at capture and store in formats approved by NARA prior to the transfer of data to NARA, preferably at the time of capture.

RFQ NUMBER: WHO-S-09-0003 PAGE 3

Sure sounds like they’re keeping a copy for their own purposes before sending it to the archives.

For completely innocent reasons, I’m sure.

Terry_Dyne on September 2, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Scream bloody murder if terrorist phones are tapped, but collect all the data you want from American citizens.

As paranoid as Stalin he is.

Hening on September 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

JUST A REMINDER…….

KEEP YOUR KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL SEPT 8, SHOW OBAMADAN YOU CARE

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I just spoke to my son’s school about the Obama address on September 8th. People we have to stand up and stop things like this.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I have a facebook account. I’ve set it up to be as ‘private’ as possible.
Doesn’t that mean it’s private? Nobody can see it, but those whom I allow….am I wrong?

bridgetown on September 2, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Do you really believe that for a second?

Anything you post anywhere may as well be on a billboard along a busy highway.

Mangy Scot on September 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I just spoke to my son’s school about the Obama address on September 8th. People we have to stand up and stop things like this.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

What was their response?

thomasaur on September 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

This whole thing looks and smells fishy to me and I’m doin my patriotic duty and turnin this goberment site into:
flag@whitehouse.gov

dhunter on September 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Why not just keep the government off of the private, social websites altogether. End of propaganda…end of doubts about spying…end of story.

genso on September 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Limerick, please tell me where the census survey story is.
thanks.

balkanmom2 on September 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM

What was their response?

thomasaur on September 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

They took down my name and number, my son’s name. She kind of got an attitude, saying the Obama is the president. She says he wants to address the kids about getting a good nights sleep and eating a good breakfast. WTH? I told her that I wanted to opt out and have a place provided for my children where they did not have to be involved. She said she didn’t know about that and took down my contact information.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

There! Turned it in! Now waiting on my Dem donation request or HealthScare, Crap and Tax talking points!

Wonder if I’ll get one of those free HealthScare NOW signs. Would look awesome wedged up Senator Harkins A$$!

dhunter on September 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

balkanmom2 on September 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Straight from Uncle Sugar’s own lips….

It is about us! The 2010 Census in Schools.

Limerick on September 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

She says he wants to address the kids about getting a good nights sleep and eating a good breakfast.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Um, isn’t that your job?

misslizzi on September 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I hope he spies here at HotAir—maybe he can get a few tips from me….

“MICHELLE!”

“What Barack?”

“Is it Wednesday yet?”

“Yes Barack, it’s Wednesday–we are going to Camp David today.”

“Good, these guys at HotAir are eating me for lunch every day for the last month, it’s time for anotha VACATION! Pack my water wings, the clubs, just not the bike helmet–and get that damn helicopter down here.”

ted c on September 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Good one ted c. Just one ques. Why can’t Obama use his BIG FREAKISHLY FLOPPY EARS for water wings?

JiangxiDad on September 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I told her that I wanted to opt out and have a place provided for my children where they did not have to be involved. She said she didn’t know about that and took down my contact information.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Congratulations! You have just won an all-expenses paid family vacation to DHS Camp!

Loxodonta on September 2, 2009 at 10:30 AM

WOW that was quick Undeliverable but They sent this:

“We are now accepting your feedback about health insurance reform via:http:/www./whitehouse.gov/realitycheck”

This is no joke so feedback away patriots I am.

dhunter on September 2, 2009 at 10:30 AM

I have a facebook account. I’ve set it up to be as ‘private’ as possible.
Doesn’t that mean it’s private? Nobody can see it, but those whom I allow….am I wrong?

bridgetown on September 2, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Only so far as Facebook’s Terms of Service dictates.

steveegg on September 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

TXUS on September 2, 2009

I believe MM will protect our identities.

SKYFOX on September 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Look to the old folks for wisdom. They are losing their fear
thus causing fear in Obamadan. Safeguard the children.
Remember Jaycee Dugart!

bluegrass on September 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

I love Facebook, but never post anything political there. Best to talk politics with total strangers here, as doing so with friends can result in you losing them!

However, more than a few of my FB friends do post political stuff. All to tepid responses. Why bother?

Del Dolemonte on September 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Del, you are part of the problem, then. First, you’ll NEVER change the mind of a total stranger – they have nothing invested in any relationship with you. Second – It’s your responsibility to influence as many of your friends and family to reject liberalism as possible, and as quickly as possible. The “Shining City on the Hill” we’ve enjoyed living in – your house is on fire, and your silence = complicity with our destruction.

Third, I’ve reached the age where I don’t care how many of my old liberal friends, family and acquaintances I piss off. If we (you) abrogate our responsibilities now to defend the Constitution and the rights and freedoms therein, knowing what we know about the designs of the Obama Thugocracy, then we will have squandered the greatest legacy and treasure in human history. The legacy I leave to my sons is worth fighting for, and dying for, if need be. I am fully reconciled with the fact that it may come to that now.

Why should I give a crap about “pissing people off” again?

Fishoutofwater on September 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

At some point, after an individual/organization takes so many actions, one gains a picture of the character of that individual/organization. With that simple bit of common sense in mind, the answer to the question is…

Are you kidding? Of course he is.

baldilocks on September 2, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Um, isn’t that your job?

misslizzi on September 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM

That’s what I am saying. I will not allow my children to be indocrinated into little Obamabots. This is crossing a line.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

What was their response?

thomasaur on September 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

They took down my name and number, my son’s name. She kind of got an attitude, saying the Obama is the president. She says he wants to address the kids about getting a good nights sleep and eating a good breakfast. WTH? I told her that I wanted to opt out and have a place provided for my children where they did not have to be involved. She said she didn’t know about that and took down my contact information.

TXMomof3 on September 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

I called my school again just now. Yesterday, they told me they didn’t know anything about it, but took the website address from me. Today when I called back, they again said they didn’t know anything about it, but “was there a problem with it?” I said yes.

Then they transferred me to the “curriculum” office. The person who answered the phone said that someone would have to call me back, and took my name, #, etc. I asked this person if she had heard anything about this, and she said “yes,” but that I would have to speak to someone else for the details.

btw, I’m in the NYC suburbs.

JiangxiDad on September 2, 2009 at 10:39 AM

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