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A Letter from the Editor,
The Holidays are upon us. Americans are focusing more than ever on what’s vital or what we cannot live without: time and money. This Christmas may be better or worse for some for the range of adversity, but we here at BeatTheChip hope to give a better gift of news consistently.
To end the year we are looking to improve the quality standards of our content, bring accuracy and expediency to our reporting and a harvest of viewpoints which shape and direct public discourse on the national ID debate, immigration, surveillance, security and identity policy.
We are looking for volunteer correspondents to submit content, stories and letters regarding their experiences. With the range of lives the national identity surveillance agenda aspires to reach into, we intend to report on how it affects you. We want to go there. * If you are interested in contributing content for NBST e-mail us at: beatthechip [at] …gmail.com.
So every Tuesday we are committed to bringing you better, more comprehensive coverage in News Burst Super Tuesdays. NBST specialized content will be featured every Tuesday to get you through the year end deadline. If you are a subscriber, you will notice significantly more posts on Tuesdays from now throughout the month of December 2009.
We will also be increasing microblogging via Facebook and Twitter. Add us today and you will be privy to an the expanded range of news and opinion coverage featured on our weekly BlogTalkRadio.com newscast, Waking Up Orwell. Waking Up Orwell’s online newscasts are archived. You can send your favorite episodes to friends and embed an episode player into your favorite social media websites, like MySpace. Waking Up Orwell airs live every Thursday morning 9-10 AM CST (except Christmas!).
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For now, our gift to you is to give you the latest and greatest news on identity privacy, technology and civil liberty every Tuesday with News Burst Super Tuesdays and specialized continued coverage Thursdays on Waking Up Orwell.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM, BEAT THE CHIP!!

CIA Targeting BlogJourno? Yep.

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.

Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesn’t touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.) Customers get customized, real-time feeds of what’s being said on these sites, based on a series of keywords.

“That’s kind of the basic step — get in and monitor,” says company senior vice president Blake Cahill.

Then Visible “scores” each post, labeling it as positive or negative, mixed or neutral. It examines how influential a conversation or an author is. (”Trying to determine who really matters,” as Cahill puts it.) Finally, Visible gives users a chance to tag posts, forward them to colleagues and allow them to response through a web interface.

In-Q-Tel says it wants Visible to keep track of foreign social media, and give spooks “early-warning detection on how issues are playing internationally,” spokesperson Donald Tighe tells Danger Room.

Of course, such a tool can also be pointed inward, at domestic bloggers or tweeters. Visible already keeps tabs on web 2.0 sites for Dell, AT&T and Verizon. For Microsoft, the company is monitoring the buzz on its Windows 7 rollout. For Spam-maker Hormel, Visible is tracking animal-right activists’ online campaigns against the company.

“Anything that is out in the open is fair game for collection,” says Steven Aftergood, who tracks intelligence issues at the Federation of American Scientists. But “even if information is openly gathered by intelligence agencies it would still be problematic if it were used for unauthorized domestic investigations or operations. Intelligence agencies or employees might be tempted to use the tools at their disposal to compile information on political figures, critics, journalists or others, and to exploit such information for political advantage. That is not permissible even if all of the information in question is technically ‘open source.’ :::MORE HERE:::

BTC Editorial – We celebrate the victory of Net Neutrality by posting an editorial.

We recognize the static between mainstream press and newer sensational journalism being cranked out by smaller government conservative blogs. Bloggers, like myself, are willing to report exactly what is wrong with delegating too much steerage to today’s U.S. government. The tenure of the current federal corp of political players has become excessive and damaging to freedoms we are entitled to at birth as Americans. Big fans of the Constitution understand the integrity behind a positive, robust checks and balance system.

Unfortunately, we don’t have that system in good working order right now or we are not working with that system at all. In the case of the latter, we need dust off the enduring preserves of personal power we all possess and take responsibility for ourselves and for the actions of our government.
In essence, we call you to a different type of service to your country, government accountability. This service is not necessarily one where you take up armed weapons and storm a tangible enemy. Let’s not aim for the fly with a sledgehammer and wreck the building in the progress. You don’t send in a bull to negotiate in a room filled with fine china. You send a decisive shrewd adult who will tell the crooked merchant inside they have unpenned the bull and unlesss they correct their course in a hurry the bull will be by shortly to break their cases.
This is a preface for my criticism of the often reckless turns of some of my alt-news contemporaries who indulge in apocalyptic levels of fearmongering with no empowering equipment or solutions for the ill informed masses they incite to hysteria. Somehow the affect this creates is a calcification or a hardening to the concerns of the people by political leadership. When they are approached they tend to ignore people who have been stirred up into a hornet’s frenzy over irresponsible and inadequate reporting. Politcians tend to adopt a defensive mask which appears much like indifference.
Some people are simply addicted to the adrenaline shock alarmist news creates. Others take it too seriously. Oftentimes it does not produce active, responsible people empowered with knowledge of what they can do to manage their government and their lives. Regardless, it is our goal to herald some bad news, tamp down rumors and report news of victories and achievements of The People. (We do not recognize corporations as a populist voice and probably never will, regardless of current legal interpretation.)


This is blog entry is dedicated to Lori Smith, who inspired this diatribe with a more direct reprint about the misappropriation of the power of live blogging alt-press titled: “Illuminati” bullshit, “patriot” idiocy, and fear.

Please celebrate your 1st amendment today by writing a note of thanks to the FCC congratulating them for deciding correctly on Net Neutrality. It was the right thing to do.

“I think the issues you raise on your blog mostly fall on the serious side. RFID and the entire privacy issue are very real threats which need to be exposed and opposed. I’ve written some articles on the subject over the years, but there’s so much more going on that I can’t give it as much attention in the current environment.

The recent news about being able to read RFID chips from up to 30 feet away with easily obtainable hardware is very troubling.

If you’d ever like to write on the subject for blogcritics[…]We’d love to have more participants in the Politics section. Dave Nalles, Blogcritics online.

BTC  will be reporting on a series of Presidential Candidates whose position on Real ID is now competetive heading into the November general election.

We have been in touch with Presidential party nominees on how they will represent constituents who want to Beat The Chip by stopping Real ID’s and staving off government commandeering of the American identity.  Real ID is a federal to state matter nationwide which falls into the enforcement range of the Department of Homeland Security.
First up to bat at the chance to represent this single issue constituent is Green Party presidential hopeful, Cynthia McKinney.  Stay tuned for more details on her bid to get our vote.
In other news …  LEWIS BLACK On The Blog Attack
The results are in.  Lewis Black’s comeback on Comedy Central’s Root of All Evil determined that bloggers are problematic, saying with the slam of a gavel,
“Bloggers should have their fingers ripped off…  and toes ripped off. Then they should have their mouths and asses sewn shut.”
Black was challenged on BeatTheChip.org for being recruited by Qorvis Aadvertising to sponsor the Identity Guard product.  Qorvis is the chosen advertiser for DynCorp, Halliburton, and TSA recruiter’s Pearson.  We asked  his production company and members of his audience to respond to Black’s concession to work with Qorvis.  No reply was ever given, however we are pretty pleased that after being relieved of his Comedy Tour nationwide his overall response about blogging was amusing and entertaining. 
Hey – it’s not my fault that blogs are a serious competitor for TV and mainstream media news. Viva the 4th Amendment.  It keeps American life interesting.