Never let it be
said that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has time on its
hands--this week the prominent government agency's twitter presence has either followed or made news.
OhMyGov Analytics, the agency experienced a flurry of Twitter mentions
between May 17 and May 22 where over 5,300 references to the agency were made--a growth of 481 percent.
tweets were recorded on May 17 alone, ranging from DHS's decision to bar
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Severin from entering the U.S. to accusations to the
NATO Summit in Chicago on Monday and now fresh allegations that the DHS and other
federal agencies are spying on Occupy protesters at protests and marches have been circulating on the popular social network.
The most recent influx started to surface May 22 as allegations that the
agency--along with the FBI, local police, and other groups--have been spying on
the Occupy movement due to documents unearthed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund through the federal governments Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The documents show the depth of local law enforcement relationships where DHS officials were also communicating with local authorities
in cities where Occupy Wall Street protests occurred.
To add to the agency's Twitter roller-coaster ride, DHS was in the
limelight earlier this week--this time revolving around the dearth of DHS-related trade
shows and lack of contractor funding, a problem that has concerned some in the
emergency management community. Over 1,208 tweets were written about the topic
alone--many of them retweets of articles in the mainstream media.
the worst I've been to in years," Contractor Jason Henry said in an
interview with the Huffington Post's Andrea Stone during an expo at the
Washington Convention Center. "Nobody's walking the show."
Nearly ten years
after the Department of Homeland Security was incorporated and billions of
dollars flooded to places in Iowa, Nebraska, and other states under the color
of protecting America's heartland from would-be terrorists. Just 37 billion was
allocated for that purpose in 2012. Over 635 billion dollars has been spent
overall for homeland security since 2001.
But that hasn't
dampened the fears of some.
security...or oppression?" One user wrote.