Apparently the CIA has established facilities in Virginia for the purpose of social networking spying. According to US law, its illegal for the US government to spy on tweets, Facebook messages, and emails without a search warrant however they can spy on non US citizens for intelligence gathering.
U.S. citizens are reassured that they aren’t being spied on and although its possible that they could be, however there is no way to prove the CIA is doing such activities.
Information that is gathered is used for such things as counter terrorism and is provided to the highest levels at the White House. Also its said they monitor public opinion about matters around the world. In the article I read, negative reactions to the death of bin Laden was used as an example of some public opinions that had previously been monitored.
Its mentioned how companies like Google and Facebook have become powerful spying tools because of the vast amount of user data. Without a doubt the CIA has established important relationships with these companies that in turn can be used for information gathering. I believe its also been reported that the CIA is one of the top investors in the CIA.
This brings up the important issue of privacy and whether giving up some privacy rights will benefit the greater good. Is it worth giving up some privacy rights for the sole purpose of protecting national security? Do you think social networking spying is necessary and justified? What are your thoughts on this?
A link to the original article- http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57318396-83/cias-vengeful-librarians-track-twitter-facebook/?tag=txt;title