Below are two notable pieces of news (via on the ongoing loss of freedom of speech, and the advancement of the police state, one in the US, one in Australia.  Note the sentence in the first article that I highlighted.  This clearly shows that the government's aim is to disrupt/disable the free flow of information, particularly wrt large protests/uprising, instead of preventing ‘terrorism’, or protecting ‘national security’, as their stated justification.  I verified this key language in the DHS document in question:


RT: Homeland Security monitors journalists 07 Jan 2012 The Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what. Under the National Operations Center (NOC)'s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms. Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use "traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed."

Additional excerpt from the RT article:

'Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.'

'Last month the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney subpoenaed Twitter over details pertaining to recent tweets involving the Occupy Boston protests.'

The watchdog's kennel in clandestine Croydon 07 Jan 2012 An inconspicuous Melbourne apartment block is home to a monitoring service that keeps watch on environment groups at the request of the federal government. The National Open Source Intelligence Centre, a private intelligence company, works under contract for the Australian Federal Police and Federal Attorney-General's Department to monitor activist websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter to provide warning and analysis of protest activity. It aims to provide law enforcement agencies and other private clients with internet monitoring and analysis directed at groups engaged in "radical activism, criminal (terrorist) activity or unlawful behaviour". Services provided by NOSIC include "issue monitoring", "tactical intelligence", "threat analysis" and "trend analysis and forecasting focus on emerging patterns and trends in activism".