In January 2009, when studying the color-coded terror alerts, a group of UCLA researchers found “the mentally ill, the disabled, African Americans, Latinos, Chinese Americans, Korean Americans and non-U.S. citizens were likelier to think the HSAS [Homeland Security Advisory System] alert level was higher than it was, and to worry more and change their behavior due to those fears.” The Obama administration — deciding that the “threat condition has economic, physical, and psychological effects on the nation” — set about to change the Bush administration’s pre-existing system. Come April, the color-coding terror alert system will cease to exist. In its place will be Facebook and Twitter.
Wait. Are you really being asked to friend DHS? The answer is yes.
Approximately one year ago, as I commented on USA Today, they left an option to attach any of my comments to Facebook. At the time, I thought "Why on earth would I want to do that?" Now, more and more newspapers no longer leave that option, but are pressuring those who comment to attach not only their Facebook, but also their blogs to their newspapers . I consider that an invasion of my privacy.
Now, think about this, if you will: the Obama administration has been working on ways to control the Internet and has developed Einstein 3 to assist in his quest for total control of your privacy. Do you think this is a coincidence that DHS wants to be your "friend"? There's a camera on my computer; maybe DHS would like to speak to me face to face - who knows?!
But, I'm not into conspiracy theories, just wanted to "Welcome you to the "new" neighborhood. Won't you be my friend?"