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DHS and AOL: An Unholy Alliance

"AOL works closely with the DHS to supply information on any AOL customer and allows agents from these entities free and unfettered access to AOL Hq at Dulles, VA for the purpose of watching over and keeping surveillance on the millions of AOL customers", according to the report.
October 3, 2005
by Martin McKinney
The Financial Reporter (U.K.)

Washington- The American-based internet giant, AOL, wholly-owned by Time-Warner, has formed a working partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to permit unlimited surveillance of the millions of AOL online members, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“AOL works ‘closely with the DHS’ to supply information on any AOL customer and allows agents from these entities ‘free and unfettered’ access to AOL Hq at Dulles, VA for the purpose of ‘watching over and keeping surveillance ’ on the millions of AOL customers,’ according to the report.

The legal basis for this is the recently Congress-approved Patriot Act which permits warrantless searches of persons and property. While information gleaned from delving into personal computer messages is supposed to be kept confidential, it appears that the DHS has exceeded their brief and obtained what appears to be strictly personal information which is then circulated to entities outside the DHS.

The Department of Commerce report also states that news of this surveillance has leaked out and is causing serious concern in the American, and European, business communities who are fearful that trade secrets may be given to other business entities, considered as “friendly” to the Bush Administration.
brown nosers 17.Oct.2005 17:15

Converse Murdoch umlaut@idir.net

AOL has been kissing the government's ass for a long time. They've been the official online service of the US Postal Service for a long time. This is why you see AOL CDs at the post office even though advertising is otherwise prohibited there.

With or without AOL the govt.'s surviellance capabilities are pretty awesome anyway. The next question is: What is the govt. doing for AOL ?

There is no 'Financial Reporter UK' 18.Oct.2005 09:51

me2

this is some kind of Troll BS- just try and find any reference anywhere to this non-existent entity- Someone is spreading fear here

no fear 19.Oct.2005 20:03

Converse Murdoch

Check this out:

 http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a1911.htm#001

Evidently this is a hoax. These editors also explain why it's so easy to believe.