Twitter, Secret Service, and Executive Orders, Oh My!

The expansion of social media, and most especially twitter has created a new and powerful way in which citizens within the United States and everywhere around the world interact with each other.  This new and wondrous form of interaction has changed the way information is shared, it has impacted person lives, political lives, and hollywood lives, and has also assist in gather information from protests and riots throughout the Middle-East.  This 140 character mechanism has changed the face of information sharing, and gathering, and allowed for faster personal contact, and changed the lives of those who use it.

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If you are concerned that your neighbor might be tweeting something mean or dangerous about you, have no fear, the Secret Service is here!

The Secret Service has now expanded their “sphere” of influence to the twitter realm as well.  On October 23rd, the Secret Service tweeted out to their 44,000 followers that if you are see a tweet from your fellow citizen that might “concern you,” to report it to the them.  CNSNEWS reports that;

“To report a tweet that concerns you, call the nearest field office in your state,” the Secret Service tweeted on Oct. 23.  The agency then links to a list of contact numbers for Field Offices in each state.

The Next day, October 24th, the Secret Service followed up with another tweet which said; “Contact your nearest field office with times sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet.”

The Secret Service is not the only government agency that has recently expanded its powers.

This new executive order establishes a new council that will “provide guidance” and have a member from 19 different committees from the legislature.  Everything from the Department of State, Labor, Energy, Education, and many many more.

President Barack Obama signed a new executive order on October 26th 2012.

EXECUTIVE ORDER
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ESTABLISHING THE WHITE HOUSE
HOMELAND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to advance the Federal Government’s use of local partnerships to address homeland security challenges, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. The purpose of this order is to maximize the Federal Government’s ability to develop local partnerships in the United States to support homeland security priorities. Partnerships are collaborative working relationships in which the goals, structure, and roles and responsibilities of the relationships are mutually determined. Collaboration enables the Federal Government and its partners to use resources more efficiently, build on one another’s expertise, drive innovation, engage in collective action, broaden investments to achieve shared goals, and improve performance. Partnerships enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.
The National Security Strategy emphasizes the importance of partnerships, underscoring that to keep our Nation safe “we must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations. Such partnerships are critical to U.S. success at home and abroad, and we will support them through enhanced opportunities for engagement, coordination, transparency, and information sharing.” This approach recognizes that, given the complexities and range of challenges, we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States.
The fact that these two agencies have now expanded their out reach in the same 3 day period remains to be seen.  The fact remains that the Federal Government has expanded its powers, and observational capacity, and is asking for your help.