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US military to monitor social media

by on31 October 2018

Ordered to crush anti-Trump protests

The United States government is accelerating efforts to to pre-empt major anti-government protests in the US.

According to Motherboard which has been looking at government research, official government documents, and patent filings, the Government is preparing for anti-Trump violence.

The social media posts of American citizens who don't like President Donald Trump are the focus of the latest US military-funded research.

The research was funded by the US Army and co-authored by a researcher based at the West Point Military Academy, and is part of a wider effort by the Trump administration to consolidate the US military's role and influence on domestic intelligence.

The government has been obtaining social media surveillance patents which relate to a spy program that the Trump administration outsourced to a private company last year.

Experts interviewed by Motherboard say that the Pentagon's recent technology research may have played a role in amendments this April to the Joint Chiefs of Staff homeland defence doctrine, which widen the Pentagon's role in providing intelligence for domestic "emergencies," including an "insurrection",

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